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Maybe I Can Write the Whole Thing in My Sleep…

May 29, 2014 by


Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night and start writing I mix things up. I’ll confuse homonyms, I’ll drop words out of sentences, I’ll imagine that I know anything at all about mixing glue. I’ll get my characters the wrong way around. I don’t know why I do this. I actually […]

You Can’t Convince Me a Hockey Stick Isn’t a Weapon

April 3, 2014 by


Me: I kind of want to make one of my characters a hockey player. Rick: (thoughtful silence) So then it’s research? Me: (laughing) See? You get me. I think I’m just not comfortable having an aspect of my life that’s not somehow connected to work… The thing is, I’ve accidentally become an ice hockey fan. […]

All Writers Are Liars

December 5, 2013 by


Me: I don’t really know how to write it… Actually I’m beginning to think that every book I write I’m going to start by saying, “Okay, I don’t do this but…” Arkem: I was about to say. Me: The last one turned out okay, though, right? I don’t write thrillers. (But the first real book-like-thing […]

Plotting For Pantsers

November 14, 2013 by


Me: I need my brain for other things. Arkem: Plotting. Me: Yep. (Pause) It sounds so much worse when you say it. Writers tend to fall into two categories: plotters and pantsers (as in by-the-seat-of-their-pants). I have always fallen into the make-it-up-as-I-go-along category, stumbling blindly through the story woodland and bumping into things and calling […]