VIDEO: What You Know Now

At the launch for The Lost Husband, I read a short scene from the book, and then I also read an essay that I wrote a while back for an amazing project called The Prime Book. It’s a book of gorgeous, sumptuous pictures by the photographer Peter Freed that aims to redefine what it means […]

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life on the D-list

> Just got a message from my publicist at Random House that there’s a section of Kathy Griffin’s Bravo show My Life on the D-List that has my book cover in it!  She has a book coming out with Random House, and she filmed a segment of the show at their offices.  And right behind […]

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writing wednesday: life with kids

Here’s a Writing Wednesday about life with kids.  The question comes up over and over:  How do you do both?  How do you get it all done as a mother and a writer?  And almost every mother with little kids I know struggles with some version of this question.  How do you get it all […]

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revising a draft

Here’s me, yesterday, revising an early draft of a story.  This is what it looks like early on–lots of writing all over the page: arrows, carrots, scribbles.  Then I go back and type in what I’ve written.  Then I print it out and write all over the typed pages again, over and over until it […]

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writing wednesday! too much coolness is not cool

This Writing Wednesday is about naming characters.  And why you have to do it carefully and not just buy a baby book and pick out your favorite names. Here’s the main point of the video (and you’ll notice that I DO NOT actually SAY IT in the video): Characters and names have a relationship to […]

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do you make an outline when you write a novel?

It’s Thursday morning!  So that must mean it’s time for Writing Wednesday! This question is from Jaime, who wants to know if I make an outline when I write a novel. And the answer is yes. And no. And sort of. [BlueTube]GEuH_wQb09w[/BlueTube] Usually, my outlines are just numbered lists.  Very broad.  The number stands for […]

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it’s Monday, so that must mean: Writing Wednesday!

I’ve seen enough rambling homemade videos on YouTube to know it’s important to keep these Writing Wednesday clips short.  I’m shooting for 2-3 minutes, and even 3 feels a little long. But it is hard to cover very much into 2 minutes.  Sometimes they seem to raise more questions than they answer. But maybe that’s […]

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writing wednesday: friday edition!

I recorded this Writing Wednesday  post yesterday, and my husband was like, “You do know it’s Thursday, right?”  And I was like, “Man, that’s what Writing Wednesday is all about!” So here’s my Friday post for Writing Wednesday!  Happy weekend! [BlueTube]9a0piIJyFKY[/BlueTube]

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couldn’t wait for Wednesday!

There’s a good possibility I may never actually post on Wednesday.  But here’s the first one!  Kicking things off with the first–and possibly best–advice I ever got about writing, courtesy of my dad. Here we go!  And feel free to leave questions! [BlueTube]eTtR9FcpDrA[/BlueTube]

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