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How I Plot Novels

December 11, 2011 by


My novel begins, invariably, with an image I’m compelled to describe. I take great care with imagery; I like to look at something much more closely than most writers, so I must be certain the image can be fully grasped in few words — otherwise I’ll make it ridiculous, if not pompous. I’ll spend hours […]

The Home Stretch

April 5, 2011 by


The end of my first draft is approaching the same way an ocean steamer moves through water. I’m in a little wooden dinghy — white, with a blue stripe and red underneath, the dinghy my grandpa made with his own two hands, in case you’re wondering — watching this monster cut smoothly towards me, and […]