Archive for the ‘Writing Process’ Category

November is National Novel Writing Month. So what the hell are you doing reading this? Get out there and write your novel! More to the point, what the hell am I doing writing this? Well… I’m procrastinating, as usual, and I’m ok with that. I am not going to “win” National Novel Writing Month, or […]

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My Fickle Brain

05Oct09

And this is why I never finish anything… I mean, why I have heretofore finished fewer of my own things than I would like. (I always finish things other people are paying for — leaves damn little time for self-absorption. Which is probably ok.) We were in church yesterday (Unitarian, don’t be frightened) and during […]


Because this is my first real attempt at writing something i can actually finish, I’ve decided (for the first draft at least) to use this nifty formula I foudn somewhere. Because here’s the thing: one complaint or criticism of mysteries, police procedurals, etc is that they are formulaic: the structure, at least, does not vary […]


What on earth…? Well. I started in on Murder at the Mercantile one day and the character of Minna morphed into someone else. Well, thought I, I guess she’s different in this book… I kept going and realized that, no, she’s somebody else in a whole other book. And she’s like this, and she has […]