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Goodreads asked Aaron Dietz:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Aaron Dietz My most recent book was The Minute, a quick story about a woman who is trapped reliving the same minute over and over--like Groundhog Day, but on a shorter time scale.

I got the idea for this project from the constraints I set--I was intending to write 12 books in 12 months, and so I tried to think of projects I could complete quickly. I thought, my, it'd be easy to just copy and paste the same chunk of text over and over again.... And that's where I got the idea for the plot.

Of course, in execution, my protagonist was aware that time was repeating, so there were definitely things I had to write differently each time--it wasn't as easy as copy/paste. But it definitely helped that writing each scene was essentially just action--the setting and context were already there. I only had to determine what the protagonist would do differently, and any different results that might occur. Extremely fun!

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