But how do I start writing? – part two

- by Jennifer Stevenson

Okay, say you’re one of those people so unlike me that you are painfully humble.  You think nobody listens to you now, so why should they read what you write?  You think you have no contribution to make to anything, not even the world of trashy entertainment, where I myself am struggling to make a […]

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But how do I start writing? — part one

- by Jennifer Stevenson

This post is for about twelve hundred friends and acquaintances who have said to me, over the past thirty years, “I’d like to write, but how do I start?”  Three new ones this week.  One enterprising and hard-working woman has even gone so far as to take grammar and rhetoric classes.  (Wow!  She’s learning craft, […]

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Fear of getting sick

- by Jennifer Stevenson

Every writer who relies on their writing income worries about illness stopping them from writing.  I’m one of those lucky people who can (when motivated, such as by bills) write when I’m sick, sore, overtired, dead asleep, cranky, or under the influence.  But I do fear illness, if for no other reason than it makes […]

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Write what you love…or something

- by Jennifer Stevenson

“Write what you love” is common advice.  I would take issue with it.  I’ve tried writing about swimming, horseback riding, roller derby, even about writing, and I soon find myself lost in a terrible maze of emotion, anecdote, and wishful thinking disguised as advice.   I’m much better at addressing a specific question—Is this bridle on right?  (Yes.)  […]

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