Tag Archives: Writing

On the Query Trenches

current song: “Gold Canary” by Cloud Control current mood: flying high I have an odd relationship with the slush pile. I learned what a query letter was, and what it meant, in September of 2011. I was putting the finishing touches on … Continue reading

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Writerly confidence

current music: “Hannah Hunt” by Vampire Weekend current mood: tired but happy I will never understand why people think writing doesn’t require practice. So many believe to write a book, you need a spark of an idea, and a few spare … Continue reading

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Fluke vs. not

current music: “Pompeii” by Bastille (is it possible to be addicted to a song?) current mood: hopeful My current work-in-progress, HOUR OF THE BEES, came about in less-than-predictable circumstances. Reasons I sometimes think HOUR OF THE BEES was a fluke: -the … Continue reading

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It has to be enough to just love something

current music: “All I Want Is You” by U2 current mood: pensive (Bono does that) Creative jealousy is a work-killer. A dream-killer. A soul-killer. The envy that someone else managed to pull off the kind of art you’ve always dreamed of pulling … Continue reading

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A version of “write what you love”

current music: Shrek soundtrack current mood: a shining calm A veritable “step one” for any writing project I take on is asking these questions: Is this main character someone I want to spend massive amounts of time writing? Thinking about? Giving precious action … Continue reading

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