Stephen King’s “On Writing”

I’m a bit late to this party, but I recently finished reading King’s “On Writing” for the first time and found it extremely helpful.  Particularly his notion that the creative process is less about invention and more about discovery, which he likens to unearthing a fossil.

“Stories are found things, like fossils in the ground… Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered, pre-existing world.”

 

Catching up

A few items of good news.  THE HALF WIVES is scheduled for publication in Spring 2017.  I have a new editor at HMH because my wonderful editor Jenna is leaving.  I will miss Jenna, but I’m delighted to be working with Nicole.  I’m starting novel #3 (or #4, or #5, depending on how one counts these things).  Getting a new project off the ground = slow going.  I work in the early morning, just about every morning, for an hour or two before going in to work.  Sometimes I work at night.  Always on weekends.  How many hours depends on how inspired I feel (usually, not very), how guilty I feel (usually, very), and how happy I feel (these days, pretty darn good).  The writing is the thing.  The finding of the story.  I will spend my whole life, whatever that is, trying to figure this out.  That’s a good thing.