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At the End of Your Novel
It began as an idea, then it grew into a project. You sweated, you cried, you bled, until finally, you wrote two magic words at the bottom of your manuscript: THE END. Your novel isn’t perfect, but it’s done. Sometimes, just finishing it is enough. It might not be the literary, action-packed masterpiece you envisioned … Continue reading At the End of Your Novel
How to Keep Writing Your Novel: 5 Tips
So you’ve started your novel. Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment and many people never take that first step. Now you just have to keep going. Ha ha ha. “Just keep going.” It sounds so easy. But try it for a day, or a week, or a month. As the months turn into years and … Continue reading How to Keep Writing Your Novel: 5 Tips
How to Start Your Novel in Two Words
How to break through the fear and start writing your novel.
It’s a beautiful day. The sky is periwinkle blue. Across a cornfield lie the brown hills of the coastal range, the ridgeline so clear I could cut it from the sky with a scalpel. It’s hard to imagine just two weeks ago, the sky was so orange with smoke that people were recreating scenes from … Continue reading Beautiful Day
Beauty is a target for destruction. That’s why fish hide in algae-infested ponds—why I rarely see them leap from the water... If they stay out too long, they won’t die from lack of oxygen—they die because the enormous weight of gravity slowly crushes their organs.
Right now, looking out the window you see chaos. Empty shelves, long lines. Locked doors and six-foot isolation zones. It feels like the world's being torn apart, but I see people coming together. At Rite Aid, I see a family holding up the checkout line with a cart full of Coke and a notebook of … Continue reading March 2020
This is for anyone who doesn’t know what is going on. You’ve done everything right. You’ve checked all the boxes. You went to college and made the honors list. You buy organic groceries using your own bags. You give coffee to the homeless guy standing on the island in the center of the street. You’ve … Continue reading Worthy
Denver is a curious place. Here, the saying goes, "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes." It's winter in Denver: earlier this week, it was sunny and sixty outside. I went hiking. The next day, it was snowing. I like to think there's a magician who lives up in the mountains, practicing his … Continue reading Mercy Snows
And so it begins: a single letter becomes a word, a word joins a sentence, sentences compile into paragraphs, and somehow you've written entire pages, and you have a blog. Blog...that's an interesting word. I believe it's short for "web log," but I haven't researched it. If you know the background of that word/term, please … Continue reading The Beginning