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Open Book with effectsThat is the Number One Question people like to ask writers.

And those are the people who love to read… who dream of writing a book or script… even other writers looking for the secret.
Because that’s where the story begins, with the idea.


Hearing the question always makes me smile, because I’m not sure how the process happens. So often, the idea just appears!  If it was easy to figure it out, we would have a scientific method and everyone would be writing really good books, movies, TV shows and stage plays.

And the process of writing wouldn’t be so hard.

I love a quote that has been attributed in some form to Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist Frank Norris, Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide) George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and others:

QuoteThe actual process is complicated. Answers are elusive to questions about plot twists, character motivation and so many other aspects.  Which leads people to ask more questions like:
– What kind of research do you do?
–  Do you write an outline?
– How much time do you spend on these thing before starting to write?
– What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
– What are the common traps facing an aspiring writer?

Yes, these are real questions people ask at book signings, writer’s conferences or cocktail parties. Honest questions that deserve attention.

And that conversation starts on Saturday morning, January 27th at 11 when Executive Director of the Talbot County Free Library Dana Newman and I will explore these questions and more in front of a live audience at a lovely venue in St. Michaels Maryland called The Blue Crab.

I understand a recording will be posted on YouTube so even if you’re far away, you can still participate.  If you have a question, please email it to Brian@BlueCrabLodge.com. We’ll add your question to the list for this event or another we’re planning for the spring.
Remember, the conversation about the creative process starts this Saturday.
Remember:  Saturday morning, January 27th at 11.

Goodies Case


Come for the conversation and the rich coffees, luscious treats and even stay for lunch! The menu is great!




Blue Crab Coffee Co. 102 S. Fremont Street
Saint Michaels, MD 21663


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