Chapter 11: Writing Fiction Is Not For Sissies

Today I began chapter 11 of book 4 (still untitled). Here’s an excerpt from the writing I did before the writing: Okay, this chapter scares the hell out of me. Is this how it’s going to go now, scared every chapter? Yes, probably. Because here’s the rub–you are falling fast now (momentum is a good thing) into the dark, meaty depths of Huntington’s Disease with the O’Briens. You know this family now, and you like them, and bad things are happening to people you care about. What they are about to face is hard and heartbreaking and cruel and scary, and you have to go there with them. And not only that, you can’t go there with any armor on. You can’t go as a tourist. You have to be as v

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