At the start of a novel, there are thousands of "logistical" decisions that have to be made about your characters. You are, after all, constructing a life -- usually many lives.
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I am a midlist novelist, and I have an idea for a new book. It's one of the best phases of the creative process - the moment when the swirling cloud o...
On the one side, I possess an eagerness to take on this challenging project of writing a novel. On the other side, I have a total, paralyzing fear. The result: not much doing.
I thought McNally, because he has experienced the Iowa Writers' Workshop firsthand--and lived to tell the funniest tale ever written about it--would be an ideal subject to interview about a lot of concerns in the writing and publishing industries.
Doing these types of games can boost happiness -- even for people who don't consider themselves to be particularly "creative."
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