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  • That's not an elementary question at all. Getting started isn't hard for me because wh...k in the voice of a child for a few pages. Something about shifting OUT of the mode I'm working in gets me intere...
  • Books that will stick with me ... I am sure I'll forget all the important ones if I do this in freewriting mode, but here goes: 1. Bitten (K...
  • Since the main character/narrator, Rosalind, in my book relies on stories from her pas...oed in my head as I wrote, its lovely Southern lilt lulling me into a creative mode just as surely as opera.  Bec...

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  • When not on sabbatical, I work for a human rights organization and edit news releases...Indigenous communities.  I sometimes go into what I call "cold-hearted editor mode" where I'm only thinking abou...
  • Beautiful! So beautifully said! Thank you. As a journaling teacher for over three deca...hear our voices and words, drops us into a listening, reflective-contemplative mode wherein we are received. Rece...
  • Hi Mark, sorry for the delayed response. I was out-of-town for a week. I think you're spot-on that voice can make all the difference. However, I do believe if we start giving it too much merit, it becomes a self-conscious thing. Tricky balance. Let it be natural is probably good advice.