Video: The Truth (or Not) About the Writing Process

by | Apr 6, 2016 | Snappsy, writing | 4 comments

When I meet with students, I try to convince them that being a writer is not easy. That I don’t sit down at my desk and words flow from me effortlessly. I also try to convince them that I’m not rich. I don’t have a butler. I don’t live in a mansion.

They don’t always seem convinced.

Mostly I tell them all this because I didn’t know it when I was a kid. I thought authors were magical fairy wizards who lived in castles made of jewels. Or, I guess, mostly I thought authors were either dead or millionaires.

I didn’t know writing was something anyone could do.

Want proof of what the writing life is really like? Here’s a (mostly true) video about how I came up with the idea for Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book). It involves a lot of coffee, terrible story ideas, and procrastinating.


  1. susan

    OMG. I so love this video. And I want your dog.

  2. Shelley Moore Thomas

    This is awesome.

    And I could use a Reginald.

    And that whole idea-planting-muse would be a good thing, too.

    Well done!


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