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Planning the Spontaneous

“Writing Twitter’s” December Hot Topic of 2019 is pantsing versus plotting—writing by the seat of your pants as opposed to outlining the story before beginning to write. If you saw the first draft of this post, you’d know I’m a pantser, which, given what I’m telling about myself, is ironic. […]

Close Quarters

Bridgeport, suburb of Chicago, seventeen years ago August     Last night Katie had gone through her usual routine of sitting on the edge of the tub to read so she wouldn’t wake her sister, then crawling into her sleeping bag on the floor in the front room and readying […]

No One Writes Alone

The number one question we get asked as a couple who writes is: “How do you write together?” Answer: “I’m the left hand, he’s the right.” A joke, obviously, based on the idea that writing is the endeavor of solitary genius by a guy in a nubby sweater, well-lit by […]