Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Writing Insights Part One: Becoming a Writer

I started writing my first novel when I was twelve years old. I was thirty-three when I completed my first rough draft. That’s twenty years of wanting to do something and not knowing how. Twenty years of failure and frustrations and giving up. A big part of the problem is that I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I didn’t know which questions to ask, much less who might have the answers. These days, people write to me as if I know what I’m doing. Or like I have a…

Q&A With Photographer Nadia Huggins

One of my favorite phases of the book-creation process is creating a cover. It’s also one of the most difficult. It’s worse than staring at a blank canvas, because the end result can’t be anything; it has to be a very specific something. While going through this process for HALF WAY HOME, my wife stumbled upon a photograph on DeviantArt. It blew us away. It was haunting and mysterious. Gritty and primal. Young and mature. Dirty and innocent. It was a photograph of contradictory juxtapositions. The mood of the shot…

NaNoWriMo – Day One

2,600 words so far. The average daily output needs to be 1,666.67 to reach that 50,000 milestone by the end of the month. My target is going to be 3,000/day, just in case my signing events and travel time knock me out of commission every now and then. So, what am I writing about, you might ask. I didn’t decide until this morning. I kept bouncing back and forth between a non science fiction book I’ve been dying to get out, and one I just dreamt up a month ago.…

How did I get here?

I have a tendency of looking at my toes. Metaphorically. When I perform tasks, I get lost in the minutia of each step, concentrating on making things line up perfectly, editing down to the pixel-level, agonizing over every jot and nuance. In some ways, the overall task doesn’t interest me as much as each individual component. I get more of a thrill watching two jigsaw pieces match up than I do at gazing across the completed puzzle. This tendency can result in one of two outcomes. One, I can often…

The One. The Only. The Publishing dynamo. Nadene Carter.

I was only three weeks into the querying process when I found my match. Her name was Nadene Carter and she had three qualities that put an end to my search. 1) She is a dynamo. A whirlwind of focused energy. Tackling several things at a time, she manages her schedule in a way that gives each project her full attention without ever becoming overwhelmed or frustrated. I saw this in her treatment of my submission, going through the reading with haste, but managing to catch every nuance. At the…