What's It Really About?

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I really enjoyed this first edition of Nikesh Shukla's new email newsletter for writers. And in particular, this idea of knowing what your novel is really about is something I can very much get behind.

I don't think I knew what A is for Angelica was really about until maybe half way through. But for novel number two, I've had the Post it notes pictured above attached to the wall from more or less the beginning.

I've got a bit of a thing for Post its when it comes to planning and most get scribbled on and swapped around. But I think of these as my permanent Post its, because when I'm in the weeds, it is very useful to just check in to remind myself that – ah yes, that's the book I am trying to write.

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