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  • November 25th, 2008 | 6:12 PM
I needed this and Eileen, you need this too!

onegrapeshy  climbed inside my head again. Yes, it makes things a bit crowded for the moment but maybe some of her smart stuff will rub off on me.

The thing is, I finally started working on a book again. Except that I forgot how. And by how I mean I forgot how to do anything and everything. How to write a crappy first draft. How to leave a space with a ? for something I can go back and fix. How to ignore the bits of research needed and just move forward somewhere, anywhere, to get more words down on the page.

491 of them, for now. From the beginning. Argh! And in writing those 491 words I have stopped to go outside and plant plants. Come back in, grumbled at the screen, put in a load of laundry, typed two sentences, read my F-List, played with the dog. Etc.

So I was glad to read this post.

Now to go look for word number 492.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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November 26th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
That's perfect, because I was sitting her fretting that I can't start work on a story I need to get drafted because I don't know the beginning, and then I realized, hey, wait, I don't have to start at the beginning! Who will ever know if I don't! So I am beginning with the end, I think, if only to make myself write *something*.
November 26th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
That's right, no one else will no! But man, it's hard to get the words down, isn't it?
November 26th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
good for you, Susan!

Happy Thanksgiving to all at your house, people and pets!
November 26th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Thanks, Meg. And the same to you.
November 26th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Yay for another book!
November 26th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Yes, yay! And guess what showed up in my backyard today? (Well, on the power pole in the corner of the yard.)

A HAWK!!! I think it was a Cooper's Hawk. I need to remember to bring my camera outside with me when I'm working there now. I'm sure it was only interested in the well-stocked Koi pond next door but still. :-)
November 26th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Wow! :) Maybe word has gotten around through the natural grapevine already that you're creating an oasis and he came to scope it out :)
November 26th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't that be nice? :)
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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