Author’s Note: Writing and Mood

My editor Trisha Lynn asked me not too long ago about how mood affects my writing. It was an interesting question, because it’s not really something I think about—and yet I still hold the idea that society has smooshed into my head, which is that “real” writers don’t let mood affect their writing. I’m not […]

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 14:45 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: The Cultural Myth of Self-Made Hours

A newly made friend—one, I suspected, that was about to be lost—stood outside my door, looking at me suspiciously. I had just told him that no, I couldn’t go get dinner. I had to go to bed soon; I had to be up and working the next day. “So do I,” he said, still giving […]

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 14:08 by JB McDonald · Permalink · One Comment
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Author’s Note: Searching for Self-Discipline

Sometimes, being self-employed sucks. Writing fanfic was easy. I could sit down and write like a fiend, finish something and post it. If I didn’t feel like writing for a month, I didn’t. If I felt like writing an entire 60,000 word story in three days, I could. Then I joined the real world, and […]

Posted on August 16, 2010 at 14:12 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: Covering Books

I met Jenny Wurts one year, while I was working at the art auction at San Diego Comic Con. I thought she was an artist, and hadn’t made the connection that she was the fantasy novelist. That year I was assigned to help people hang their artwork, and while hanging hers I went, “Hey… isn’t […]

Posted on July 16, 2010 at 18:02 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: When Fandom and the Real World Collide

If you’re involved in the fanfic community at all, you may have heard about the recent published-author-vs-fan-author kerfuffle. If you haven’t, here’s a recap: Diana Gabaldon, best selling author of the Outlander series, put up a blog post in which she equated fanfic writers with creepy sexual stalkers and robbers. That post has since been […]

Posted on June 15, 2010 at 15:50 by JB McDonald · Permalink · 7 Comments
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