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Writing historical fiction: sometime journal of a New York City novelist

the earliest stages of writing a novel

This is a beautiful time, a half-waking dream. I just scribble on my file, my fingers drifting over the keys, taking notes for half formed ideas, glimpsing the back of a female character as she walks in her long skirts down a path. I scribble a half idea for a scene of the first  Read More 
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four months until publication of CLAUDE & CAMILLE!

Four months until publication date and already many things are happening: the first appearances scheduled, wonderful blurbs from nine other novelists, an excellent Publishers' Weekly review. All very exciting. My novel which I wrote with so much passion, often huddled in pajamas in my little writing corner of my NYC apartment, is slowly beginning to make its way  Read More 
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why novelists sometimes take a long time to finish a book

I think almost all novelists rewrite a huge lot, particularly if the story is a deep one or has many parts that have to come together. It takes a time to figure out what the story is, and that comes as you write, and then you have say 350 printed pages to tell it and  Read More 
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