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The Making of a Novel: Reading My Dreams

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

Using dreams as a tool for creativity is hardly new. Writers from Voltaire to Coleridge to Robert Louis Stevenson are said to have used their dreams to fuel their writing.

The Making of a Novel: Do You Scribble in the Margins?

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

I can't write in a book. I just can't. I was raised to believe that books were sacred, and I have never lost that belief. There will be no highlightin...

The Making of a Novel: The 7-Hour Stretch

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

I wrote for seven hours today, which is an unheard-of stretch of time for me. I blocked off this chunk of time, however, because I needed to re-envisi...

The Making of a Novel: The Passage of Time

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

I just got some very good news: my agent likes my new book idea! Woo hoo!! But -- isn't there always a but? -- she had a very excellent question about...

The Making of a Novel: Cultural Fact-Finding

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

Some of the action of my new novel takes place in 1948, 1955 and 1961. I know the broad strokes of history for those period of time (and if I don't, m...

The Making of a Novel: Walking and Talking

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

I often walk with friends from my neighborhood or my kid's school. We meet in the morning right after we drop off kids, and walk for an hour or more, ...

The Making of a Novel: Snail's Pace Race

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

Yesterday, at a lovely book event at the home of Terry Gilman, owner of the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in San Diego, I participated in an event called "author speed dating."

The Making of a Novel: There's Always Another Story to Tell

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

I visited another book club last night -- a group of super savvy women who had read The Threadbare Heart. They happened to gather in a clubhouse (the ...

The Making of a Novel: Gut Punched

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

I set out to chronicle the making of a novel, and that novel might not be made right now. But I suppose this is part of the process, too -- letting go, finding a way to change course mid-stream.

Howard Norman: How To Write A Love Triangle? Live One

Howard Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Howard Norman

I would have to say that while working on What Is Left the Daughter, I remembered, from my own life a particular "triangle" that affected me deeply...