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Welcome to I Have Notes.

A newsletter in which Nicole shares conversations and essays, explores the books she’s reading, discusses the craft of writing, and interacts with readers in an advice column focused on friendships, family relationships, and creative work and goal-setting.

When You Can’t Find the Words

When You Can’t Find the Words

If I act and work and write as though a more just future will exist, perhaps I’ll be one step closer to believing in it.
Writing With Pain
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Writing With Pain

Your creative hopes and goals still matter, even when they cannot be a focus.
How Do You Know When Your Book Is Done?
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How Do You Know When Your Book Is Done?

After sending my manuscript to a friend, I told her that I am running out of big problems to fix, apart from every single sentence.
‘Tell Me a Story About Her’
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‘Tell Me a Story About Her’

To write about someone, to make them come alive on the page, requires a deep, active form of remembering. You cannot look away in order to protect yourself.

I’m an author, writer, and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Time, The Guardian, and Vulture, among other publications; I also wrote a weekly advice column for Slate. My first book, All You Can Ever Know, was a national best seller and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Previously, I led the digital editorial team at the independent publisher Catapult, and before that I was the managing editor of The Toast. I’m now working on two more books and earnestly look forward to being able to tell you which will be published first.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer in my advice column, please send it to ihavenotes@theatlantic.com. You can ask for advice on any subject, though I’ll be keeping a particular eye out for questions related to friendships, family relationships, and creative work and goal-setting. By submitting a letter, you are agreeing to let The Atlantic use it—in part or in full—and we may edit it for length and/or clarity. Letter writers’ names and emails will never be shared.

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