How Do You Write a Book? Motivation and a Plan

“Do we have to go to Europe this summer?” a kid asks his mother. “Shut up and keep swimming!” she replies. This was a story my dad liked to tell, and it’s always seemed to me to describe perfectly the experience of trying to figure out how to write a novel while you...

Five Ways to Keep on Keeping On

You are deep into drafting your novel. You can’t see land in either direction. You can’t quite assess how far you’ve come or how much farther you must go until you can climb out, shake the excess words off, and see the distance you’ve travelled. You can only keep...