Writing a novel is similar to building a house. You start with a vision, a way that you want the thing to look and to feel – a sensation that you want to create. It only exists in your mind, but it becomes real long before it ever materializes on the screen or in a…

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Writing a novel is, almost certainly, some form of insanity. The writer grasps a wisp of an idea, as fragile and elusive as a dandelion seed floating past on a random breeze. Clutching the seed in greedy, hopeful hands, the writer rushes for paper and pen, or cell phone, or laptop. Frantic to document the…

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