Joy & Insomnia: guest post on The Kill Zone

On The Kill Zone, the excellent thriller and mystery writers’ blog, I have a guest post about the excitement and pain of writing and revising.

Joy and Insomnia, or How to Bring a Novel to Life, Kicking and Screaming.

Some writers love first drafts. To them, starting a novel feels like hitting the highway for a summer road trip. They toss the map out the window, crank up the tunes, let their characters take the wheel, and sit back to see where the story goes. To them a first draft means freedom: blue skies, unlimited potential.

I’m not one of those writers.

I love the part before the first draft. Brainstorming is terrific. Brainstorming means flinging ideas at the wall like spaghetti, to see what sticks. And when an idea gets under my skin—stings like a hornet, itches, keeps me up nights—I know I’m on track. I have the fuel that will drive a thriller.

Read the rest.

Many thanks to Michelle Gagnon for inviting me to contribute to The Kill Zone.

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