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Getting to Know You: What is your writing kryptonite?

I’d say my writing kryptonite is my own self-confidence, or rather, lack-thereof. I have difficulty with believing in myself for a number of reasons, none of which are pleasant. When I start doubting myself, I stop writing. I suppose it’s because writing is such a lonely thing. When even you start doubting yourself, it’s like […]

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Getting to Know You: What would you give up if it would make you a better writer?

Wow. What a question… Well, if it was a done deal, a guarantee that if I did this, I’d become a better writer…I would give up coffee. Yes, coffee. And for those who know me, you know this is a big sacrifice. I love my coffee. I drink it every day (fair-trade, of course). I […]

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Getting to Know You: What do you do when inspiration runs dry?

I guess it depends on why inspiration has run dry. If it’s inspiration on one project, I might move on to something else instead. If it’s inspiration for writing in general, that’s a different story. A friend of mine once told me that she goes on “creativity dates” to places like museums, or to concerts. […]

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Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind […]

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Getting to Know You: What advice would you give to your younger writing self?

Keep writing. It’s as simple as that. When I was 13 or 14, I wrote every day, often late into the night. The freedom I felt was amazing. Words flowing from my pen, ideas hammered onto the page with no hesitation. Then I got a little older. Then I felt the Fear. Then I stopped. […]

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