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Sep.13.2012
  If you’ve never had writer’s block, go away. If you’ve never had writer’s block, you should be writing this blog. If you say you’ve never had writer’s block, I don’t believe you. Writer’s block is actually several conditions masquerading as one. Saying, “Help me, I have writer’s block” is...
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Sep.13.2012
  So my ex-husband and his wife spent the night at our house last night…. You could use that half-sentence as a writing prompt. Those characters all lined up in row – the narrator, her ex-husband, the ex-husband’s new wife and whomever the character(s) are that lead the narrator...
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Sep.05.2012
    I was once on a panel with the amazing and wonderful Walter Dean Myers, who is serving now as our National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. (I mostly sat quietly and absorbed everything he had to say.) Walter was asked about the amount of competition and jealousy...
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Sep.05.2012
    All over America, college is getting under way. (Note: this could be happening in other countries, too, but I don’t want to make assumptions about the collegiate calendar in places I’ve never been to, and if I stop writing to research this, I will be sucked into that swamp we call...
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Sep.03.2012
    That adorable baby in the photo is our first grandchild, born yesterday afternoon. Welcome to the world, Logan!! It’s a good thing I got in about five hours of writing yesterday morning, because from the time we left for the hospital, my head has been a total muddle. What do you do...
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Sep.03.2012
    So I promised that I would talk about money today. Such a depressing topic. It’s not that money is evil. In fact, it’s rather lovely, especially when your children are hungry, or they have outgrown their sneakers for the third time in a year or they want to live in something other...
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Sep.02.2012
    This picture? Elephant playing in waterfall? This should be you writing. No, that is not an unkind remark about the way you look in those pants. I am not implying that your life is that of a caged animal forced to entertain strangers and attend to all bodily...
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Sep.02.2012
  In 1992 I was a stay-at-home mom with a 5- and a 7-year-old. I worked part-time as a freelance journalist, writing for magazines and the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. And I watched a LOT of the The Oprah Winfrey Show. It had been a lifeline to sanity from the days when I had a newborn...
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Sep.01.2012
  (OMG, don’t you want to be the dog in this picture????) Several of you wrote to me yesterday and said how inspirational you found Jackie Woodson’s quote. I thought you would really appreciate something she tweeted late in the day: “My book is falling apart. I should keep writing but...
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Sep.01.2012
  We are half-way through the challenge. It’s been interesting to see which kinds of posts generate the most feedback. In order to tailor the rest of the month to your needs, I need you to respond to these two questions: WHAT KIND OF “LIFE OF A WRITER” TOPICS TO YOU WANT ME TO DISCUSS?...