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Three Days in Providence

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Last week Elizabeth and I tucked ourselves away and, fridge stocked, settled into making some serious headway on our novels. I’m only just starting mine, but Elizabeth was finishing hers–a HUGE accomplishment. (I am so proud of her!)

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But first, a trip to the beach with Henry and Daisy. So glad we did, because it turned out to be the only sunny day of my visit!

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One is happier and more productive when one is eating (and drinking) healthy delicious things. (Remember what Virginia said?) In the morning Elizabeth made us the most gorgeous fresh juices.

It’s funny, you’d think that since I already had a complete outline and 10,000 words (from the spring of 2011) under my belt, I would be feeling totally confident and ready to work. Ha! The truth is, you feel these doubts whether you’re embarking on your first novel or your sixth–although if it’s a subsequent novel you can at least make the logical argument to yourself that “you’ve done it before, so you can do it again.”

And of course, it makes all the difference to have a friend and fellow writer working in the next room; you aren’t going to fritter away any time on the internet when you know SHE is working! I highly, highly recommend setting yourself up in a “sequester” situation with a writing partner. Even if you can’t go away (to a B&B, or housesitting, or wherever), you can still turn off your cellphone, stock the fridge, unplug the WiFi and get down to business.

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1 Comment to Three Days in Providence

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    October 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    That juice looks delicious!

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.