Writing a book isn’t a linear process. You come up with an idea, you think about it, you change it, it changes you, you think some more, you write, you rewrite, you rethink, you write some more.

If your book isn’t coming together as quickly as you’d hoped, it’s possible you haven’t set it free to lead where you may not want to go.

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Fiction writers know that place can be as important as character. Think:

  • Winterfell
  • Minas Tirith
  • Downton Abbey
  • Gotham City
  • Cabot Cove
  • King’s Landing
  • Hidalgo

For some reason, non-fiction writers tend to focus on events and people. However, place is just as important for those of us who write non-fiction as you fiction gurus.  In fact, every place has a story – and for me, it’s a (non-fiction) story waiting to be told. Those waiting include:

  • Pecos Ruins, New Mexico
  • Grattan Massacre Site (where a cow started a war)
  • Living Room (my local coffee house)
  • Don’s Pharmacy (Port Townsend, WA)
  • Mission San Diego de Alcala (pictured above)
  • The house around the corner with the orange door

What places do you know that have a story waiting to be told?

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more than one thing write a book

Whether you’ve written no books or fifty, you’re more than “just a writer”. We humans are multi-dimensional beings with facets that reflect both our inner and outer selves. In fact, it’s those very facets that actually make us a writer – without them what would we write?

I can get so tunnel-visioned that I forget that I am far more than a writer. I am a reader, a friend, a daughter, sister, gardener, photographer, traveler, historian, kite-flyer, computer geek, bill-payer, bird watcher, blessing cairn maker. And oh-so-much-more.

As you consider your many parts, which of them do you bring to the writer’s table?


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