This recipe is adapted from Billy Parisi’s and Billy’s is much more easy to follow! He also has beautiful photos on his website so you should check it out!
Someone cool named A. asked me what my writing schedule is. She is a writer too.
This is what I do:
1. Wake up.
You can’t be serious. You expect me to work? To move? To make full sentences? It’s not even 9 a.m!!!
But also, I will never get a walk today.
2. Try to live without coffee
JUST GIVE IT TO ME NOW! START AN IV DRIP! I DON’T CARE!
3. Sit at computer. SIT AND STARE AND SIT.
Hey! Wake up!
4. Stare at computer. REALIZE WRITING IS NOT THE LIFE FOR ME.
Really, WAKE UP!!! I have work to do and walks to take and bushes to smell.
5. Type for five pages or revise for 20. Think up things. FEEL POWERFUL AND HAPPY.
6. Get up and exercise for a mile OR TWO.
It is so miraculous when the writer finally moves! Also miraculous? This squirrel in the tree over there. Also miraculous? The way this pile of ancient dog poop left by a visiting Pomeranian 18 days ago smells. She ate Cheetos!
7. Type Again and Cuddle With Characters WHILE WHIMPERING ABOUT STORY STRUCTURE AND SUBPLOTS
8. Continue throughout morning until I look semi-human again.
Oh, come on. What did you expect? A normal picture? She is a writer after all.
Any other writers out there want to offer up how they write so much or get a lot done? I could probably use some help.
COOL CONTEST OF SPOOKY AWESOMENESS!
Um. MacMillan is having a super cool sweepstakes where you can win the book I wrote with Steve (IN THE WOODS) and four other scary books.
Go enter! Go win! I’m rooting for you!
IN THE PAPER, BABY
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IN THE WOODS – READ AN EXCERPT, ORDER NOW!
My new book, IN THE WOODS, is out!
It’s with Steve Wedel. It’s scary and one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Buzz Books for Summer 2019. There’s an excerpt of it there and everything! But even cooler (for me) they’ve deemed it buzz worthy! Buzz worthy seems like an awesome thing to be deemed!
Order this bad boy, which might make it have a sequel. The sequel would be amazing. Believe me, I know. It features caves and monsters and love. Because doesn’t every story?
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WHAT IS PATREON?
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