"It's amazing how often we don't even think about what a gift it is to be able to walk or dance or just be pain free. Then, in a moment, this silent ease is gone. Our body goes from just "being there" to being our enemy.
"I think to get anywhere as a writer--even just to finish a project--requires one to be at least a little obsessive. Coming back to the page day after day. Revising. Then revising again. And let's not get started on the submission…"
"Kerina, there's an MFA program out of the California College of the Arts that has a focus on cross-genre work...unusual but since they also deal with writing for films and television not totally unexpected. The down side is that they are…"
"It takes some sort of training to make yourself sit down and write on a regular basis. That can be self-training, sure. Though, that's a rough road to travel at times. I can think of a million "absolutely necessary" (but ultimately…"
"My Art is necessary. But so is money. I am in the fortunate position of not having to work a day job because of a generous and supportive husband. However, this investment in my dreams--time, pure and simple--limits the amount available for things…"
"Kerina, you've brought up a great point, this constant spewing of every detail of one's current activities. It's as if a person must take advantage of EVERY chance to put herself and her work out there or she will might miss a shot at…"
"Critiquing others is an art and a skill. Writing workshop critiques can easily turn into polite blood baths. I have noticed that some writers (with MFA or without) feel a profound responsibility to point out even the most trivial issue--and in…"
"It's largely the expense that put me off. I've already gone to graduate school for my original discipline--Anthropology--and spent the next 15 years paying off my student loans. As much as I wanted the community and the networking…"
"I find I'm getting tired of the emphasis placed on these top-whatever lists. The best of the best? Says who? Like most book lovers I own piles of books that were bestsellers/prize winners/redefined-the-genre...I'll probably never get to…"
"Pardon the generalizations that follow, though, it seems any discussion of categories as broad as "books by men" vs "books by women" can't lead to anything but generalizations. In general, women write close to home...even…"
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