Having decided to write a novel, I signed up for a class this fall at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. It’s a terrific class because it’s entirely focused on figuring out just what your book (fiction, non-fiction) is all about. What are you really trying to say? It’s amazing to discover that what you thought you were going to write about is just the surface and the real topic/theme is hidden underneath. It requires being true to yourself, being honest with yourself, and admitting things that maybe you don’t want to articulate to yourself. My goal: an outline by the end of the year.