I've already told you that I'll wind up the weekend today signing books at the Borders Express in St Charles Town Center from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Meanwhile, it occurred to me the other day that teaching writing can be a bit like teaching driving. I tell fiction writers that in order to create good prose they have to be living in the moment they are writing. It's the same kind of focus you need to drive a car - living in that moment. And yet, you should always have some idea of the immediate next step, so that you can create tension and suspense, gently foreshadowing the future.

The story is like a car in that even though you are driving, it is the vehicle carrying you forward. And like driving, you should never let your vehicle take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

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