Beginning Again

Beginning Again

Writing desk

Photo by Seamus Holman. Used under Creative Commons License.

Monday, I’ll start work on my next book. It’s not the next book you’re likely to read, of course. Publishing is a long process – almost a year – and the follow-up (although not the sequel) to Losing Clementine has been finished for a couple of months. That book, which is currently titled The Short Yet Astounding Fall of Dell Cohen1, was terrifying to write. The “sophomore” book is always when folks stand around with their arms crossed over their chests, a pose their therapists would point out is extremely guarded, and say, sometimes aloud and sometimes to themselves, “Well, can she do it again?” Once is lucky. Twice is a career, it seems. But now I’m sitting down to write the third book, which has no title at all, and feeling much more confident.

There is much about writing books for a living that I’m still getting a handle on. But those things, things to do with marketing and long IRS forms, have nothing to do with actually writing. When I’m alone at my desk with the blank page, I am in my element. That is not to say that every writing day is a good day or that I won’t, with some frequency, lay my forehead down on the edge of the desk for disturbingly long periods of time. But it does mean that deep down I know I’ve got this. I can do it because I’ve done it before and more than once. There’s a lot of comfort in that.

So now I’ll go write the story of the woman seven years disappeared and her father, who goes looking too late.


1Don’t get too attached to the title. These things often change.


  • Joanne

    06.04.2012 at 12:14

    I will definitely be watching for the next, and then the next. Keep up the good work!


  • Ashley Ream

    06.04.2012 at 14:22

    Thanks for the kind words, Joanne!

  • Tiffany Greenfield

    07.04.2012 at 13:13

    I appreciate how candid you are about your process. I think writing is like parenting and it all begins with the birth of a new project and the shiny glow of new ideas, late night “feedings”, occasional trips to the doctor (I mean editor), time outs, characters wanting ALL your attention and when it is done you send it off into the world and hope for the best! I am inspired by your journey, thank you for sharing.