July 11, 2019

OMG I do NOT feel like writing today. What is that all about?? What is this resistance? Write the chapter, Lisa. Write 1500 words and move on with your day. You're going to write them eventually. You're not going to NOT write them. What, are you going to stop writing t...

April 4, 2018

Chapter 7, baby!!

Okay, what happens next? We need Karina and Richard in the same room again. Actually, I probably need a chapter about her and her life—home, teaching, with Grace. What is unsettled in her and why is seeing Richard again such a necessary risk? What does...

March 28, 2018

I found these pages from my writing journal, a scene from EVERY NOTE PLAYED that never even made it into the first draft. It has its moments, but I see why I didn’t choose to go with it. What do you think?

Chapter 6, baby! What happens next? No idea. I need to loop back...

February 28, 2018

From my writing journal….

Okay, clearly I need some time with no kids to bang out some chapters. 9am-noon isn’t enough right now. I’m still at the beginning of the book when there’s so much resistance, and I dick around for too long before starting. Man, I really don’t...

April 5, 2016

After many months of research, and writing bits of this and that, I need to start chapter 1, the legit beginning of this next book. SO much resistance here. I feel like I don’t know these people well enough to get started. But you’re not supposed to, remember? That’s h...

April 15, 2014

1. Do your homework before you involve other people, especially professionals or experts. Don’t use any minutes of the one hour you have with the Chief of Neurology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital asking questions that you could find easy answers to online or in a basic...

February 19, 2014

1. Show up and stay there. Stay in your seat. Nothing is coming to you, you say? You’re staring at a blank page or the blinking cursor on a white screen? Stay. Resist the urge to flee and do something else (check Facebook, text someone, eat something, do laundry, take...

November 5, 2013

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 fall...

October 14, 2013

I’m concerned about this book on a number of structural levels. Let’s list them here on paper so they’re not all knocking around in my head all day.

1.  I think it takes too long to get Joe diagnosed.

2. Mentions of 4/15/13, Boston Marathon, makes this all happening in p...

September 24, 2013

A page taken from my writing journal, 9/17/13

Joe and Rosie are at MGH in Boston, heading into the Wang Building. Joe has been to the ER at MGH while on duty many times, but never in the Wang, never up the elevator. He was referred by his PCP to a neurologist, to a “Mov...

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