“The biggest challenge for me to accomplish any project is working to keep myself out of the way.” —Krista Franklin, author of Too Much Midnight
Carter Sickels recommends keeping a novel-dedicated notebook for ideas, research, and informal experiments.
“I wish I could simply walk into an office every day and feel ready to go, but that’s just not the case for me, and I know that by now.” —Marianne Chan, author of All Heathens
“Just opening the document each day keeps it on track.” —Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, author of Hex
The author of the novel The Prettiest Star shares an exercise to help you approach your manuscript from a new angle.
“What needs to start? What needs to stop? What needs to change?” Mimi Lok shares an exercise that helps her persevere through difficult writing projects.
“Work that’s good, that’s itself, eventually gets seen.” —Paul Lisicky, author of Later
Emma Copley Eisenberg finds inspiration on the open road, driving more than ten thousand miles in three months.
“The greatest challenge was in recognizing which poems belonged to this book and which did not.” —Carolyn Forché, author of In the Lateness of the World
Emma Copley Eisenberg borrows a creative exercise from beloved writer and comics artist Lynda Barry.