Re-blogging since this first appeared on my old blog over on Blogger. Have picked up a lot more followers both on WordPress and Twitter since then.
The title of this post is a line from the early 80’s song Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads. I think it’s an appropriate title since I’ll be using this first series of blog posts to share how I came to write my first novel.
I’d never viewed myself as a potential writer. Yes, I did a fair amount of writing as an undergrad in the School of Journalism at Mizzou – but I took a journalist’s approach to it. We were taught that the best writing was short, simple and informative. It wasn’t the descriptive type of writing that some novelists use, and we never wrote dialogue.
Before starting my novel, the longest writing project I’d ever completed was a study guide for a Principles of Marketing correspondence course offered by the Center for Independent Study at Mizzou. I wrote it in…
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