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How you can win National Novel Writing Month

This is the talk I gave in September at this year’s Nanowrimo Kick-Off Party in San Francisco. I did Nanowrimo for the first time in 2003. I was a new mom of a two-month-old preemie. Not surprisingly, I couldn’t rub … Continue reading

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Another Write-in Tonight

Tonight is the third Nanowrimo write-in I’m hosting at the Borderlands Cafe in San Francisco. If you are local, you should come and write with us, whether you are doing Nanowrimo or not. Every writer is welcome. So far, the … Continue reading

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My First Write-In

I’ve been doing the National Novel Writing Month since 2003, because I find it entertaining to struggle to write a novel in a month.  Some years I’ve succeeded. Some years, I’ve crashed and burned.  Every year, I learn something more … Continue reading

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How to Celebrate an Author’s Birthday

Imagine you’re making a piece of art.  You labor over it alone in your room (or alone at a table in a cafe, as the case may be).  You show it to 2 or 3 people, but mostly it exists … Continue reading

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The Daily Write

Nine years ago, I was staring down the barrel of a long San Francisco summer at home with a two-year-old when my creative writing teacher wrote with a proposal.  “I’m contacting my personal essay students,” Jane said. “I have an idea … Continue reading

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