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7 Things I Learned When Margaret Atwood Came to Town

Filed in The Writing Life by on April 14, 2015 15 Comments • views: 2165
7 Things I Learned When Margaret Atwood Came to Town

She’s been one of my favorite authors since I was in my early 20s. I couldn’t believe she was coming all the way from Toronto to Idaho. I’ve attended readings/lectures/signings with several of my writing heroes, including Andre Dubus III, Dennis Lehane, Ann Patchett, and Daniel Woodrell. They were all outstanding, to put it mildly, […]

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25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

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25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

1. Writing means writing when you don’t feel like it. Otherwise you never get anything done. 2. Getting published won’t change your life like you think it will, but it will bring you a satisfying sense of accomplishment. 3. Most of the writing you do will be crap, and that’s okay—it’s the only way to […]

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3 Things You Can’t Teach About Writing

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 28, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1538
3 Things You Can’t Teach About Writing

As the year comes to a close,  I was thinking of the age-old debate about whether or not you can teach someone to write. Is an artist born an artist, or can anyone learn how to be one? Human Beings are Made to Learn I’ve been a teacher for most of my life. From kindergarten […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: J. C. Andrijeski

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on July 27, 2017 0 Comments • views: 1242
Featured Writer on Wellness: J. C. Andrijeski

Probably lack of time to exercise is my biggest physical challenge as a writer, as that causes other problems like back problems, aches/pains, insomnia, and weight gain. I’ve had to be really strict about working some amount of exercise into my daily routine, or it doesn’t seem to happen, which usually means getting up earlier […]

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