On using a character's birth chart as a writing constraint
I’m writing and reading every day, but barely, because I am also unpacking and settling, and that’s okay. Two pages of Magda Szabó’s The Door before…
My writing goals for 2022
I know what the novel needs next, which is for me to go back to my old Scrivener file and untangle all the pieces, but it won’t happen until January. We…
This week I had the same epiphany I apparently had in March, but it still feels like progress.
Returning to an old short story to unlock something in the novel
Are you a writer, too?TNN’s first discussion thread! Tell me — are you a writer, too? What are you working on, and where can people find you online if they want to le…
Once, in Vermont, I went on a run on a wooded path that I was certain, having looked at it on a map ahead of time, was shaped like an oval and roughly a…
When I first started trying to write novels, I never researched. I think I was too afraid of falling into an internet rabbit hole and “wasting” “time…
On Wednesday, I started over. I opened a blank Scrivener file and started at the beginning. I’d spent too long trying to figure out a way back into this…
One send-off for a short story, another send-off for myself, back into the murky world of the work in progress
I said last week that, as I see it, my main job is to be the person I need to be to write the story I want to write. This is something that is true for…