Thorsday Night: 3:15 AM Done

7954 words. I like it. It’ll have to go out that way. Can’t find anything else to cut, and have to sleep.

But I like it.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

7 comments… add one
  • Holly Lisle Jun 1, 2009 @ 22:19

    Bren—

    My secret is simple. Be 48. Know that you cannot possibly live long enough to tell all the stories you have inside you. Understand that there are none of them you want to abandon. Feel the clock ticking with every breath you take.

    Then write.

  • Bren Jun 1, 2009 @ 22:12

    Congratulations on getting your story done. Your energy and work ethic just wears me out watching it from afar. I don’t know what your secret is, but I’d like some of it!

  • Holly Lisle Jun 1, 2009 @ 14:19

    Jason—The process is what I call thinking sideways. It’s a way of training both sides of your brain (logical, wordy left and emotional, wordless right) to work together—to tell your muse what you need, and then get out of the way while it gives it to you.

    Once you can do that, you can hit even insane deadlines without preparation (though it’s a lot less stressful if you remember you have them in the first place.) It makes writing professionally and knowing you’ll always have a next book to write possible. 😀

    And it’s fun.

  • Sylvia Jun 1, 2009 @ 12:10

    I’m with Elizabeth. You’ve been my inspiration since I downloaded my FREE copy of Mugging the Muse. Belated thanks, Holly. You really are amazing. I’d add a bunch more adjectives, but you’re too modest to accept them. Maybe there are other professional writers out there who do as much for other writers but I haven’t heard of them. Write on!

  • Jason Jun 1, 2009 @ 11:49

    This process you have, and the cool way that you walk everyone through the writing of it — the way we get to see it grow and become the book that will eventually get published, is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. And it also is a really good way of building up someones desire to read it, ha ha. Looking forward to this one too.

  • Elizabeth J. Baldwin Jun 1, 2009 @ 8:04

    Hope you have a good sleep and I’m looking forward to reading your story.
    It really helps to know that there are other writers out there facing all the problems of a working writer and overcoming them.
    You’ve been an inspiration to me ever since I bought my first copy of Mugging The Muse and I am amazed at the way you continue to teach and inspire other writers. Thank you.

  • Cat (from HtTS) Jun 1, 2009 @ 7:21

    I’m looking forward to reading it. 😉

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