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Maureen McHugh (my yoga hero) on thickening the plot: We are so hardwired to make assumptions about other people’s interior states, that we make assumptions about all sorts of interior states. We personify stuff. We describe houses as ‘happy’ or ‘gloomy’. We think that the grocery cart has it in for our car door. We …

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Headbang Your Pen

Y’all will remember that making playlists can be a useful outlining and writing tool for me. And I hadn’t made one in awhile, not since way back when the novel had an entirely different name. I prefer writing to certain kinds of songs, so that’s the kind of playlist this one is, not necessarily one …

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P. 123

The vacationing Carrie has a work in progress meme:Turn to page 123 in your work-in-progress. (If you haven’t gotten to page 123 yet, then turn to page 23. If you haven’t gotten there yet, then get busy and write page 23.) Count down four sentences and then instead of just the fifth sentence, give us …

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Clues of Revision

Ben had a great post the other day about becoming reticent about posting about the writing process before things are done or sold–and about how BORING not talking about it can become. He says: Like, you know how you don’t, traditionally, tell people about the first trimester of a pregnancy? So that if you’re going …

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My slush bomb submission (finished pell mell at the last minute) has been sent. Let it be rejected forthwith! (And here’s Charles Coleman Finlay’s running tally of submissions.) And now for photographic evidence (the cat was watching the return of the mailing voyage):

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