What’s worked for me as a novelist

  1. Live my life, pay attention, ask hard questions, engage in deep conversations, and follow my curiosity.
  2. Notice a story I want to exist in the world.
  3. Write it.
  4. Edit it.
  5. Finish it.
  6. Share it with people who have a specific, personal reason to love it.
  7. Publish it (myself or with a publisher).
  8. Reflect on what I can learn from it.
  9. Repeat.

I suspect that #1, #5, and #9 may be the most important. The order of #6-#9 varies. Only time will tell if this continues working for me. I reserve the right to switch things up entirely for any damn reason I please. This may or may not work for you.

Complement with advice for authors, my conversations with fellow writers, and finding your voice.

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