Monday, February 29, 2016

Important vs Urgent

"What would have happened if you and your organization, instead of working on today's crisis, built something worthwhile for tomorrow?"
Let's reword that quote and make it writing related . . .

"What would have happened if instead of working on today's crisis, you wrote something worthwhile for tomorrow?"

Answer: You'd have made progress on finishing your book.

I know. I hear you. "But crises happen!" Of course they do, but I suggest you redefine what exactly constitutes a crisis. If you want to be a writer, you have to write. Labeling the broken washing machine or the car you need to run in for an oil change or the trip to the accountant to get your taxes done as being crises means that you won't set aside time for writing.

Here is today's assignment, class: write down your definition of what a true crisis is. You get a pass on writing for true disasters, but other than that, set aside what may very well be important for the urgency of your writing dream.

Friday, February 26, 2016

One Man's Kiss is Another Man's Porn

post by Michelle Griep
In the Christian book market, the war still rages over what is appropriate vs. inappropriate in the sexuality department. Oops. I just wrote the word sexuality. Dang it! And then I just wrote "dang." Yikes. Did you hear that big crash followed by a shattering noise? Yeah, that was my halo.

Getting back to the controversy, though, I have only two words to add:
Dead. Horse.

Do we really need to continue beating this subject to a bloody pulp? Apparently so, because Christian authors are still in the crosshairs of angry readers when it comes to "graphic" scenes. I use that term loosely because what's graphic to one person may not be for another.

But here's the thing . . . if a book clearly states it's a romance, then maybe readers with a sensitivity toward kissing or hand holding or deep, probing gazes shouldn't pick the book up in the first place. Yes, I know. I could very well get hate mail just for having written deep and probing. Bring it.

I figure as long as there are no explicit body parts hanging out for the reader to see and no clear lines of Biblical immorality being crossed (keyword: CLEAR), then there's no shame in writing or reading a love story. Anyone heard of Song of Solomon? Just saying.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Free Grisham Book

post by Michelle Griep
Are you a John Grisham fan? Even if you've never read him, have I found a deal for you . . . a freebie.

According to Grisham, his newest release, The Tumor, is the most important book he's ever written. It's a work of fiction but it gives an account of how a new medical technology could change the world of medicine by using ultrasound. Here's a blurb of the story:

"THE TUMOR follows the present day experience of the fictional patient Paul, an otherwise healthy 35-year-old father who is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Grisham takes readers through a detailed account of Paul’s treatment and his family’s experience that doesn’t end as we would hope. Grisham then explores an alternate future, where Paul is diagnosed with the same brain tumor at the same age, but in the year 2025, when a treatment called focused ultrasound is able to extend his life expectancy."

Grisham feel so passionately about this that he's giving the book away for free over at Amazon. Click HERE to get your free Kindle copy.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Celebrating the Books of Oscar Fame

post by Michelle Griep
It's nearly that Oscar time of year. Not that I'll be hunkered in front of a screen on the 28th salivating to find out who won, mind you. But I did come across some interesting info. There are nine Oscar nominated movies that were based on books. Yes! Books rule! Curious as to what they are?

The Revenant
based on the novel by Michael Punke
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.
The Martian
based on the novel by Andy Weir
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew.
Carol
based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith
An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.
The Big Short
based on the novel by Michael Lewis
Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
The Danish Girl
based on the novel by David Ebershoff
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.

Room
based on the novel by Emma Donoghue
After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.
Brooklyn
based on the novel by Colm Toibin
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local.

Steve Jobs
based on the novel by Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter.
45 Years
based on a short story by David Constantine
A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receive shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives.
Of the nine, I've only seen The Revenant (which was awesome) but dare I admit I haven't actually read any?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Timeline of a Traditionally Published Novel

post by Michelle Griep
Preorder at Amazon
Curious about how long it takes for an average novel to hit the shelves from idea to finished product? I'm a pretty average author, so here's a timeline of one of my new releases . . .

July 2014     Came up with the idea for a new story
                    and wrote a synopsis.
Sept. 2014   Pitched the idea to a publisher at the
                     ACFW Conference.
June 2015    Heard from the publisher -- who's
                    offering a contract. Woohoo!
July 2015     Receive contract and start writing the
                     book.
Sept. 2015   Fill out paperwork for cover art direction.
Dec. 2015    Receive first peek at cover and give
                     feedback.
Jan. 2016    Receive final of cover art but am not free to reveal it until February.
Feb. 2016    Full manuscript is due.
Mar. 2016    First round of edits.
May 2016    Second round of edits.
Sept. 2016  Receive a box of author copies.
Oct. 2016    Release.

So from idea to shelf it took 2 years and 3 months. Think about that next time you whip through reading a book in a marathon overnight binge.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Big Reveal

What do you get when you mix The Last of the Mohicans with The Patriot? A rough and tumble romantic adventure in the backwoods of South Carolina . . . and it's headed your direction next October. But for now I've been given the green light to reveal the cover for THE CAPTIVE HEART.

Here's a blurb:

Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of an angry duke. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. 

Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.

And here's the cover:


So . . . look mildly entertaining? Or is it more like oh-my-flipping-stars-can't-wait-to-read-this type of story? If you find yourself in the second category, I've got a proposition for you. Oh, stop it. Not that kind of proposition. I assure you this is legal.

I'm putting together a street team of excited readers who want to spread the word about The Captive Heart. What exactly does that mean? Great question. 

Here's what you'd need to do:

-   Post a review on Amazon or Goodreads or both

-   Purchase one copy of the book on the first sales day (Oct. 1) to give to a friend

-   Tweet/Facebook/social media of your choice an announcement of the release in October.

And here's what you'd get in return:

-   A free, signed copy of the book

-   A thank you gift package filled with goodies for little ol’ you

-   My undying gratitude

Easy peasy. If you're interested, email me at michellegriep@gmail.com. I'll take the first 50 rabid Griep fans that sign up, but don't wait too long. I'll be posting this on all my social media haunts.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Drum Roll

Hear that? Listen real hard. Go ahead, cup your hand up next to your ear and lean forward a bit. It's a low rumble, gaining strength minute by minute, a drum roll that will soon swell into magnificent proportion. But it's not quite time for the big cymbal crash quite yet. Something spectacular is coming. Something you won't want to miss. So stay tuned . . . you never know when I'll post The Big Reveal.

In the mean time, however, you can watch this happy dancing fellow.




Thursday, February 18, 2016

9 Writers ~ 1 Story

post by Michelle Griep
Let's face it. Peer pressure works. Recently one of my BFF's (yes, I have more than one) stayed over and got me hooked on the TV show Parenthood. I'm a little behind the times since this one ended last year, but hey . . . better late than never, eh?

The show's premise is simply an account of the Braverman family, their ups and downs dealing with the struggles of life. You get attached to the different characters and wonder how they'll cope with all the curveballs.

But what really intrigues me about Parenthood is that the story is written by 9 different authors. Nine. Can you imagine 9 chefs in a kitchen all working on one pot of soup? Nine carpenters all nailing and hammering the same cabinet? Nine any kind of humans all creating one piece of art? That's pretty amazing. And here's how they did it . . .

The writers met every day to come up with a story structure for the next episode. In professional jargon, that's called a "story break." Basically they take the story and break it down into minute details. Think of it as kind of an epic brainstorming session.

Once that's finished -- once the episode is "broken" -- only one writer takes the generated information and outlines it, then goes on to write a script. So really, it's a combo of teamwork and individual writing.

Of course, working together has it's ups and downs, just like the Braverman family. Hmm. Wonder how much of that story was real life?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hooray For Book Clubs

post by Michelle Griep
Pull out your whang-tootler. Pound on your bing-bongity drums. And slap your palms together in a huge round of clap-clappiness for book clubs. Huzzah!

Way deep down in my heart I've always known that book clubs were awesome with a side of awesome sauce, but now there's scientific proof to back up that feeling. According to a recent article in The Guardian, book clubs can actually help you live longer. Not even kidding.

In a nutshell, it's been shown that if you maintain social bonds after retirement -- such as in a book club -- then you can reduce your risk of death in the first 6 years post-retirement. So yeah, technically it's the social interaction that keeps you alive, not necessarily the fact that it's a book club, but I like to think it's the vitality of the words that infuses life into an aging body.

But don't wait for retirement to join a book club. Go for it now. The sooner, the better.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

5 Reasons Why Books Are Better Than Movies

post by Michelle Griep
Usually books are better than movies. Not 100% of the time, but more often than not. So that means I need to snatch me up a copy of Allegiant and read it before it hits the theaters on March 18th. But what is it about books that makes them better?

5 Reasons Why Books Are Better Than Movies

The "feel" of the story is different.
It's inevitable that a filmmaker will have a different interpretation of the story than the author because, well, he's not the author. Think about when you've discussed a book with someone else. Did you come to the same conclusions about themes and messages? Love or hate the same characters? Decode the same symbolism? No, because everyone has individual perceptions based on life experiences. There's no way to capture a novel on the big screen and keep it completely intact as the author intended unless the writer also happens to be a filmmaker.

Visual connections are not the same as mental.
A movie is a visual experience. A book -- except for the words on the page -- isn't. Readers create the story in their own mind, seeing things the way they imagine it. Hollywood shows the viewer what they want them to see.

The time factor.
A writer can take as long as he likes to craft a novel. A moviemaker gets roughly 2 hours, possibly 3, but definitely a finite amount of time. That means scenes from the story will have to get cut or condensed to make it fit into the prescribed time period.

Details. Details. Details.
Books go way more in-depth than movies. Not that films don't include details, mind you, but those details are only on the screen for minutes, if not seconds. Your eyes can linger on the words on a page because the reader is in charge of how long to dwell on a particular point. That isn't an option for viewers watching the action flashing on screen.

Outside factors can change the story.
Bad acting, or low budget, or incompetent directors or producers can and do sometimes take a great story and flush it down the drain.

So, how about you? Do you like books better than movies or movies better than books?

Monday, February 15, 2016

Write. Edit. Repeat.

post by Michelle Griep
I hate to be the one to rain on your parade, but perhaps you might want to reach for your big black umbrella. As much as you'd like to think there's some secret formula to getting published, the truth is actually quite simple . . .

Write. Edit. Repeat.

That's it. No glittery sprinkle of fairy godmother dust. No particular This-Is-How-It's-Done book for you to read. Not even a "Psst! Hey buddy! Step over here and I'll whisper in your ear the surefire way to get published."

Persistence is the key. You write a great story. You edit it. If that one doesn't sell, then you write another. Edit it. And if that one doesn't sell, flip open the lid of your laptop and write another. Keep doing this until the publishing world can no longer ignore you.

How long will that take? It's different for everyone. We all learn at different rates. Plus there's a fair amount of being in the right place at the right time with the right book. You could get published next week or maybe not for another ten years. Who knows? It doesn't really matter, though, because you'll be too busy writing, editing, and repeating to get stressed out about it.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Writerly Cross Training

post by Michelle Griep
Athletes mix up their routines to achieve maximum performance in their chosen sport. For instance, a surfer might lift weights to pump up their upper body strength which in turn helps him to push himself upright on his board when he hits a great wave. So . . . if this works for a physical sport, why not give it a whirl in the writing realm?

A writer's chosen sport is words. To increase performance, work out in another art medium:
    -  watercolor
    -  music
    -  sketching
    -  photography
    -  pottery

Any type of art, actually. Strengthening your creative muscles in other formats of art can help your writing. Interested in learning more? Check out this Ted Talk: The Power of Creative Cross Training: How Experimentation Creates Possibility.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Do You Live in a Romantic City?

post by Michelle Griep
I live in Minneapolis. It's cold. Driving is pretty much bumper cars on steroids. And except for the lakes -- when they finally thaw -- there's nothing super romantic about the place.

Amazon agrees. Minneapolis did not make their list for most romantic cities in the U.S. In honor of Valentine's Day, the company printed their annual list based on the sales data of romance novels, movies, music and relationship books from cities with more than 100,000 residents. Did your city make the list?

Top 10 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S. 
According to Book Buying Habits

1. Alexandria, Virginia
2. Miami Florida
3. Knoxville, Tennessee
4. Orlando, Florida
5. Vancouver, Washington
6. Cincinnati, Ohio
7. Columbia, South Carolina
8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
9. Round Rock, Texas
10. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Don't Overlook Your Neighborhood Art Institute

post by Michelle Griep
Book Tours . . . who knew?
I'm not normally the type who haunts the hallowed halls of art institutes, oohing and aahing over a Degas or Rembrandt. I figure glancing at Instagram once a day is good enough.

But today I visited the Minneapolis Institute of Arts at the request of author/buddy Julie Klassen. Who knew that besides paintings and relics, the institute offers Book Tours? Well, apparently Julie did.

Every month a different book is featured. This month's selection was Emma by Jane Austen. Here's how it works . . .
Author Julie Klassen

The group meets at an appointed time. It's free. Turns out this is quite the event because there were about 5 or 6 docents at the ready. We joined a group of about ten people. Our docent led us from painting to painting, relating how either the topic or the era of the art tied in with Emma, Jane's story about a matchmaking busybody who thought rather highly of herself. The tour culminated in a period room that was decked out as if Emma herself lived there.

I don't know if all art institutes do this type of thing, but it's worth checking if yours does. It was super interesting plus there's usually a nearby coffee shop to start and end your tour.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

3 Things Writers Should Never Do

Here's the thing about writing . . . there are no absolutes. That's the beauty of art. That being said, there are some things that just won't fly with audiences. Case in point, this Mountain Dew commercial from the Superbowl last weekend that freaked out anyone with eyeballs:


Sorry for the creep factor. I know you can't unsee this once you've watched it, but my point is though writing is art, there are some lines you don't cross, like the baby/puppy/monkey thing. What exactly are those lines?

3 Things Writers Should Never Do

1. Do not break the trust of your reader by leaving them unfulfilled and unsatisfied.
Killing off favorite characters just for the gore of it or leaving the situations you created unresolved is a good way to get a roundhouse kick to the head from a reader. Don't do it. **Waving my fingers in Jedi mind trick fashion** You will tie up plot threads. You will manage your characters with goals, motivations, and conflicts, not just whims.

2. Don't assume that just because you've had one success that you deserve another.
Listen, Chachi, simply because you managed to sign one contract doesn't mean the Cosmos owes you another one. Pride goeth before a fall. Publishers and readers are not in your debt.

3. Don't give in to defeat.
Write. Write more. Then write some more. No matter what kind of reviews or sales or even what your mother said about your book last week. Being an author is a tough gig but that doesn't mean you give in to despair. You know that saying about developing tough skin? There's a reason it's a saying . . . because it's true. Don't give anyone the power to steal your writerly joy. It's yours. Hold onto it with both hands.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Capitalism at Its Finest

post by Michelle Griep
It's no secret that Barnes and Noble has been floundering lately. Sales are off. Not as many customers. It's just easier to click on Amazon and get what you want delivered to your door.

But (and I've always got a big but) I came across an interesting tidbit of news over the weekend. Bookstores may be languishing yet they are by no means dead -- and will likely never become extinct. There are just too many book freaks out there (God love 'em) who need the tactile experience of browsing through shelves and fingering hard copies.

And Amazon is picking up on that. Last year they opened their first brick-and-mortar store in Seattle . . . and it's likely the first of many. The chief exec of General Growth Properties publicly stated that Amazon could possibly open up 300-400 more.

So, what do you think? Now that B&N is limping around like a duck with a broken wing, big bird Amazon may be swooping in for the kill. An interesting way to take out your competition, eh?

Whatever, it won't stop me from shopping at one should it open by my house. Survival of the fittest.

Friday, February 5, 2016

5 Reasons Why Your Book Doesn't Sell

post by Michelle Griep
Sales numbers are the bane of every writer. When books sell like hotcakes, life is good (assuming of course that hotcakes are in demand). But when sales turn southward and those numbers are nonexistent, cue the death march. What causes a book to stumble around like a drunk about to pass out? Several things . . .


5 Reasons Why Your Book Doesn't Sell

1. Readers don't care about your story.
The number one reason a book doesn't have good sales numbers is that readers aren't buying it. This is known as the "duh" factor. But let's look at the main reason why a reader wouldn't cough up the cash for your book. It sucks. The writing is novice at best. Maybe the copy has typos. Or perhaps the plot has holes that seven Mack trucks driving abreast could plow through. No writer wants this to be the case, but honestly, sometimes it is.

2. Your publisher doesn't care about your story.
Publishers put money behind their titles, sure, but that doesn't mean they spread the love around evenly. Some books get more marketing dollars than others. Maybe yours just happened to be the one that came out the same month as two others which were written by bigger-named authors, so they get the publicity and you get squat. No, that isn't fair, but thanks for noticing.

3. The competition beat you to the punch.
Just because you wrote an interstellar pirate murder western doesn't mean another author didn't have that same idea -- and got their book on the market a few weeks before yours. Sometimes sales numbers are all about timing, and that timing is completely out of your hands, little lowly author.

4. The market is gorged like a fat pig.
Do you know how many books are on Amazon? Like a bajillion. Okay, so I was never good at math, but statistics other than mine show that a U.S. book sells less than 250 copies per year and less than 3,000 copies over the lifetime of the book. Last year there were more than 2 million books published. It's not only easy to get lost in the shuffle, it's the norm.

5. Your cover looks like a third-grader designed it.
Readers do judge books by their cover. If yours doesn't reach out and grab a reader by the throat in like half a second, then it's guillotine time for you, author. Unfortunately, most traditionally published authors don't have a say in their cover.

A lot of these reasons are super depressing. So, what's an author to do besides quit and take up selling life insurance instead of writing? In the words of Elsa, let it go. Let. It. Go. Life's too short to be stressing over numbers. Write the best possible book you can, launch it into the world, then turn right around and write an even better one.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Happy Meals and the BBC

post by Michelle Griep
Ever since I watched Supersize Me, I haven't been a huge fan of McDonald's. Which brings us to a crossroads for today's post. There are two things to delve into: supersizing and McDonalds.

First off, while researching the Victorian era (yeah, guess what I'm working on next) I discovered a sweet little BBC show called The Supersizers. It's about a British couple who do a spin-off of supersizing through the eras. I watched The Supersizers Go Victorian wherein this husband and wife team eat and live nothing but Victorian for an entire week. The show documents their experiences. Pretty dang interesting, so give it a whirl.

Secondly, McDonald's. As I said, not my go-to for a meal out but it might be through February 15th. The toy in the Happy Meal will be a children's book. Yes! A real deal book. Customers receive either Paddington by Michael Bond, Clark the Shark Takes Heart by Bruce Hale, Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, and Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean.

Books are worth celebrating so grab your kid, a grandchild, or even some random rugrat off the street . . . wait a minute . . . bad idea. Always get the parents' permission first before you go yanking a young un' off to Mickey D's for a Happy Meal. Sheesh. What were you thinking?

But hurry. This dealio ends February 15.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

It's Enough to Make You Drink

post by Michelle Griep

It's snowy. It's cold. And I'm slugging back a hot mug of ginger tea. Yeah, it's good, but my real favorite beverage of choice? Wow. That's a tough call. I'm going to go with a pot of French press crafted Burundi or Peru with a splash of heavy whipping cream. Nectar of the gods, I say.

But a lot of other writers tended to lean toward the hooch. Here is a list of some famous authors and their beverage of choice . . .
Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac

Favorite Drink: Margarita

Recipe: 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar, 1.5 oz. tequila, .5 oz. triple sec, lime juice, lime wedge, salt, ice cubes


Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Favorite Drink: Mojito

Recipe: 1.25 oz. light rum, soda water, 1 oz. lime juice, 12 mint pieces, 1.5 oz. sugar syrup




Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

Favorite Drink: Ramos Fizz

Recipe: 1 oz. fresh lemon juice, 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice, 1 egg white, 1 Tbsp. sugar, 2 oz. gin, 1/2 oz. cream




F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Favorite Drink: Gin Rickey

Recipe: 2 oz. gin, .75 oz. lime juice, top with club soda





Jack London

Jack London

Favorite Drink:
Martini

Recipe: 2 oz. gin, 1/4 oz. dry vermouth, 1/8 oz. olive brine, 3 green olives, small wedge of lemon




So, what about you? What's your favorite drink? Feel free to leave us a recipe in the comment section.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

And You Think You Have a Book Problem?

post by Michelle Griep
So I was toodling around the internet today because, hey, what else is there to do? Don't judge me.

Anyway, I came across some information that made me feel really good about my charred credit card that's still smoking from the last time I went to the bookstore. Apparently what I spend is chump change compared to what others dole out. Here are the top 5 most expensive sellers from AbeBooks in 2015 . . .

Storia Naturale Degli Uccelli by Manetti
What would you pay for a book about birds that contains 600 hand-colored engraved plates of our feathered friends? Well, too bad you didn't scoop this one up for $191,000 like someone esle did because now the price has skyrocketed to $450,000. Bird lovers. Sheesh. Go figure.

Pangeometria by Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevskii
Too late all you math lovers out there. You missed out on this sweet deal. This book sold for $34,245 and there aren't any more left.

Now this one, a first edition signed by the author, I might've been tempted to buy. But my checkbook wasn't, not for $25,000.

My first question is this: is orchidaceous a real word or is that totally made up?
Second question: what's the attraction over hand-colored plates?
This puppy sold for $24,643 and it's all about orchids.

Plantes de la France by Jaume Saint-Hilaire
Nature books seem to be the trendiest of the trendy. This first edition has 1,000 illustrations but they're not hand-colored. They were engraved on copper and then printed in color. And all that work would cost you $22,549.

Suddenly I'm not feeling so bad about that $25 hardcover I picked up over at Amazon.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Finished Manuscript: A Love/ Hate Relationship

post by Michelle Griep
I just finished my, umm, let's see . . . I think this is my 6th or 7th manuscript. They all blur together after awhile. Want to know what it feels like? Picture yourself running top speed for 45 minutes on a treadmill. You're all sweaty and nasty by the end of it. You kind of feel like dying, but then again, as you cool down, exhilaration sets in and you're pretty sure you can conquer the world. You hate it but at the same time you love it.

That's what finishing a manuscript feels like.

You love that you persevered.
But you hate that your synapses are no longer firing and you're pretty much brain dead.

You love the characters you created. They are part of you.
But you hate that you have to say good-bye and shove them out the door and into the world.

You love the warm satisfaction filling your tummy like hot muffins on a cold morning.
But you hate the accompanying unease of oh-my-freaking-stars-what-will-I-do-now?

You love that this just might be your best book ever.
But you hate the creeping suspicion that your editor will immediately shoot you an email asking you what kind of drugs you were on while you wrote that steaming piece of literary manure.

You love that you're done editing the dang thing.
But you hate the fact you'll still have to go through it all again at least twice more.

You love being a writer.
But you hate the doubt that you'll ever be able to pull off another novel again.

There you have it. A bit psychotic? Yep. Maybe even a tad bi-polar. Wait a minute . . . you weren't under the impression that writers are normal, were you?

 
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