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How to Take a Jack Bauer Fan’s Blog Hostage Like a Bad Guy from 24

A fun look at the life of a creative professional.

You know what it takes to be a writer? You have to be relentless like Jack Bauer.

My friend Melissa Tagg knows all about those dark writer caves, crucibles where novels are forged, warehouses where adverbs are tied to chairs and tortured with jumper cables until they give up their pernicious ways in cowardly fashion. DANGIT THERE GOES ANOTHER ONE!

*puts grenade in the word cowardly’s teeth and pulls the pin*

Where was I? *checks notes* Oh yeah, wanna know what this image has to do with being a successful writer?

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Well my friend Melissa knows because she’s on deadline to finish a book the same week she’s releasing her new book, so I took her blog over while she’s distracted and filled it with pictures just like that one.

If you want to see the rest of the verbal C4 I planted over there and whether or not I made a point and what Gollum from Lord of the Rings has to do with stale Cheetos then click this link.


We also had Melissa on the Storymen Podcast last week to talk about her Jack Bauer and Chris Hemsworth and Benedict Cumberbatch obsessions. We also had a tiff about the 1980s and then debate the difference between Romantic Comedies and Chick Flicks.


If you know a writer send them A Writer’s Life. It’ll help with the neurosis.

By Clay Morgan

Clay Morgan is the author of Undead. Say hi on Twitter.