Oops, I Made a Monstrosity

At 160,000 words, I figured I had probably said what was necessary. It was only on re-reading and beginning the revision process that I realized how desperately needed many of their suggestions were. I wondered at the time: Is it possible to write a 200k+ word book at “a blistering pace?”—this was the speed of plotting I had originally gone for. Or was I kidding myself?

Posted at 12:00 am on May 20, 2011 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Aspiring Writers, Getting Published, Writing | Continue reading

The Process

Recently I just topped 300 pages and 100,000 words on my novel in progress. It has been the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do with my life.

So I thought I’d spend a little time here talking about the horror of writing a novel and what I’ve learned about doing it.

The first thing I’ve learned in writing a novel is that it’s never good enough. Never.

Posted at 1:01 pm on April 20, 2010 | 2 comments | Filed Under: Aspiring Writers, Getting Published, Writing | Continue reading

There is no "genre." Whether it's used as a pejorative or a superlative, it is still an imaginary distinction. "Genre" is a phantasm; it is a marketing stratagem designed to render fiction safely segregated. It is an imaginary box that we choose (or do not) to place ourselves in. There is no ghetto. The ghetto is, like everything else contained within it, a fiction. There is no "genre."

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