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Dorothy McQuaid from Backroom Whispering Productions and I talk about writing and the creative process. Like Real People! Everything you never knew you always wanted to know about the different functions of your brain, and how they influence the way you write.

Left brain, right brain, left knee (the brain and the ...


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A fragment of the first chapter of my novel. Becca has just arrived at the hospital in her home town, Reno, after receiving some alarming news about her father. I ran up the steps to the front desk, and then all the way to the hallway where my family was […]

Growing up and other animals (chapter 1 fragment)


metaldetector
In my last post I introduced the term ‘shit detector’ as coined by Ernest Hemingway. The shit detector came up in the part of the post where I talked about the quintessential writing ingredient of ‘urgency’, and how to know when you’ve hit it: So if you can’t take your […]

How to hone your shit detector



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I just spent an hour looking for a quote by John Irving, or rather, by Lily from his book The Hotel New Hampshire. I can’t find it. It’s not there. It doesn’t exist on the internet (which means it might as well NOT EXIST AT ALL) and I don’t have […]

I don’t know anything (and neither should you)


writinglife
It’s been almost seven years since I graduated from writing school. Six since I first began working as a writing coach and copywriter; four since I started my novel. And all this time, I’ve been trying to find the balance between (financial) success and sheer passion, between professional praise and […]

How to construct your writing life