What's worked for me as a novelist*

  1. Live my life, pay attention, ask hard questions, engage in deep conversations, and follow my curiosity.
  2. Notice a story I want to exist in the world.
  3. Write it.
  4. Edit it.
  5. Finish it.
  6. Share it with people who have a specific, personal reason to love it.
  7. Publish it (myself or with a publisher).
  8. Reflect on what I can learn from it.
  9. Repeat.
*I suspect that #1, #5, and #9 may be the most important. The order of #6-#9 varies. Only time will tell if this continues working for me. I reserve the right to switch things up entirely for any damn reason I please. This may or may not work for you.

Complement with advice for authors, my conversations with fellow writers, and finding your voice.


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Eliot Peper is the author of Breach, Borderless, Bandwidth, Cumulus, True Blue, Neon Fever Dream, and the Uncommon Series. His writing has appeared in the Verge, Tor.comHarvard Business Review, VICE, OneZero, TechCrunch, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and he has given talks at Google, Comic Con, Future in Review, and SXSW.

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