How the Shyest Person You Know Found a Way to Talk in Front of People: A Great Mystery
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How the Shyest Person You Know Found a Way to Talk in Front of People: A Great Mystery

I used to be painfully shy. I know I’ve spoken about this before—maybe here on the blog, maybe at events—but I used to be a really, really shy person. Horribly shy. Talking in front of groups of people, being made to speak, to answer questions, to say what I was thinking, being looked at by … Continue reading

Writers Colony Diary: The Hambidge Center June 2013
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Writers Colony Diary: The Hambidge Center June 2013

Sometimes, when I’m writing and barred from Twitter and blogging and all manner of distracting things, I keep a journal in which I talk to myself. I did this while I was away for a short residency at the Hambidge Center in Georgia, and I wanted to share selected bits with you. Some of the … Continue reading

The Writing That Comes Before All the Writing: On Outlining
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The Writing That Comes Before All the Writing: On Outlining

I used to be a dedicated outliner. My outlines for novels would take up dozens and dozens of pages, come with color-coded notes to myself (this has been written and you don’t need to worry about it anymore = blue ; not sure of this, but you’ll come up with something better when you write … Continue reading