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The darkest corners of the basement

This winter will mark four years of working on my first book, and I just finished what I believe is rewrite No. 10 Friday. Over the past 13 weeks, I stole a hundred little snippets of time: 30 minutes on my lunch breaks, bleary-eyed sessions after putting the kids to bed, and 10- to 15-page marathon sessions on Fridays when I'm off work. I aim for 10 hours of writing a week (tracking it with a timer and a spreadsheet); most weeks, I get in seven. Over four years, that means I've logged roughly 1,500 hours on this one book. That's the equivalent of 8+ months at a full-time job. Add my fiction writing to my four years as a journalist, a decade of blogging, five years of corporate writing,...

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