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I'm a real writer (said in Pinocchio's voice)

“Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.” Norman Mailer

I wrote to this a bit with King’s quote as well, but to me, this is just the heart of it. 197 more words

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“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” Elmore Leonard

One of the best tests of my novel writing process is when I get to the final read through. 343 more words

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My own fan club

“You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your side.” Anne Lamott

I am ashamed at how long it took me to realize this fact…that I have to trust myself and stand up for myself and go to bat for myself. 230 more words

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“My characters surprise me constantly. My characters are like my friends. I can give them advice, but they don’t have to take it. If your characters are real, then they surprise you, just like real people.” Laurel K. 229 more words

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Never too old (30 days of Blogging 2015)

“You are never too old to be what you might have been.” George Eliot

I love teaching. For almost 19 years I have loved teaching (or at least I have loved it far more days than I have not loved it…which is about the best you can hope for, for any career). 188 more words

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No excuses

“Begin while others make excuses. Keep going while others are quitting.” Billy Cox

People ask me how I can teach full time (which I love) and write every day and I shrug and say “I just do.” 272 more words

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What works...

“Trust that still small voice that says ‘this might work.'” Diane Marie Child

I have learned to trust that still small voice. My learning of that lesson has come from me being SURE I knew what to write next, which resulted in a lot of scratch outs and crumpled pieces of paper until I finally put the novel aside and worked on something else — something that feels more natural — walking through waves that hit my ankles instead of what I was trying before which was walking through waves that were taller than me. 248 more words

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