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This Riot Isn’t in My Outline…

My outline failed this week, halfway through my historical novel. Until now I’ve been rowing along happily using my outline as the oars. I didn’t write down every scene, so there’s been a lot of invention along the way and … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis: Exchanging My Writerly Stripes for Spots

In the past six months, everything I know about myself as a novelist has changed, except for my dedication to the craft. That’s the one constant. I write every day. My wake-up-as-someone-else metamorphosis has to do with plot. Now I’m … Continue reading

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Another Reason I Love Stephanie Kallos

I’m a knitter, and so is Pacific Northwest author Stephanie Kallos, incidentally. In fact, I absolutely love this essay of hers drawing parallels between novel writing and sock knitting. Inspired by her, as well as the stocking I’m working on for … Continue reading

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A Mess, a Lovely Mess

In the short lull between finishing my small-town newspaper novel, “Body Copy,” and beginning the first draft of my new one, I discovered this essay by one of my favorite writers, Stephanie Kallos. It’s about the process of writing novel number … Continue reading

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