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In Search of the Great Premise

How did you come up with the premise for your WIP? If you're anything like me, coming up with an idea is not a problem -- you probably come up with them all the time.  But how do you choose the one that will stick? It takes a lot of time and commitment to complete a novel, so you have to pick the project that will drive you to finish, the one that's you're so passionate about that you can't NOT finish.

And then there's that whole thing about whether anyone else will want to read it.  Not that you should care about that.  Supposedly.  Until you have to care.

Premise envy can sneak up on you.  That's when you hear about a new novel coming out and think, why didn't I come up with that? Usually it's a simple idea, but powerful and full of possibilities.

It can be paralyzing trying to grasp for that great next premise, even if you've completed a novel or ten.  Because the further we get into this writing gig, the more we want to succeed.

To start with, I…

How to Write with a Newborn

So, I've acquired quite a few new talents during my social media hiatus.  I've learned things like how to carry 9+ pounds of squirming mass around like it aint no thing and how to change a diaper on a fallen log.

But now I'm trying to get back into writing, and I've got a few ideas on how to do it.  I thought I'd share with the rest of the world, in case I'm deluding myself missing anything. Let me know what you think!

Write in Sprints: You don't have time to spellcheck! You don't have time to revise! Oh, she's making that choking noise while she sleeps again; you'd better go check on her now.Learn to Type While Feeding: Your knee can support her head, right?Okay, Okay, Plot in Your Head While Feeding: You'll totally have time to bond after your first book tour.Use Your Dialogue as a Lullaby: What's better than reading your prose aloud? Singing it, obviously.Use Baby's Cuteness to Snag Cool Research Interviews: Airforce pilots and dru…