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First draft melodrama

This passage is from the very first draft of the very first chapter I wrote. Both chapter and excerpt have since been rewritten several times. [...]

Grace notes

. . . the road meandered along hills lined with the soft grey-brown of winter trees stitching a white sky to the ground.

— from [...]


I work from sentence to sentence. The first sentence of a chapter sets the tone and tells me where to go. I’m lost until that [...]

Wisps of writing

A lot of people like to write out their first draft before coming back to touch up their prose. Well, I like to do that [...]

Cooking with bacteria

Ever made huge pots of beans or soup or whatever and wondered whether to let the pot sit out before sticking it into the refrigerator? [...]