The Making of a Novel: Seven Sure-Fire Signs That Your Writing Is Going Well

08/19/2010 03:52 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How do you know when your writing is going well? Here are seven sure-fire signs:

  1. You can write for hours and hours and totally ignore the mounting pile of dirty dishes and the looming pile of laundry.
  2. You stay up too late and then can't get to sleep because your story is buzzing in your brain.
  3. Every other article published in the newspaper, and in magazines, and every story on the radio, seems to be about the themes in your book.
  4. You "see" you characters walking down the street, and have to hold yourself back from going up to speak to them.
  5. You think it's outrageous when a family member -- husband, child -- interrupts you to ask you a simple question.
  6. Your desk looks like a blizzard of Post-It notes.
  7. You could care less when you'll finish, if it will sell, or if you should be doing something more productive with your time.

That's where I am -- at least these last few days. It's a good place to be.