Questions About the Business of Writing

How do I keep my work fresh and my enthusiasm up?

sooner or later, everyone wonders this about any job, and writing is no different, as evidenced by the number of times this question comes in. You want to think you're going to stay as fresh on the fiftieth book as you are on the first, but reading through the works of some of your favorite authors who have been in the business for twenty or more years, you start noticing a tiredness of plot and characterization, a sort of gray sameness that creeps in and leeches the fun out of the latest things they've done. Then there are those other writers who seem to be able to bring everything in them to every single book - they just keep getting better.

I want to be in that second class of writers, and I'm guessing you do too.

Here are the steps I'm taking to improve my odds. I share them with you in the hopes that you'll find them useful. If you have anything additional to suggest, I welcome your comments.

Mugging the Muse: Writing Fiction for Love and Money

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