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Three Hearts

“The real purpose of running is not to win a race. It’s to test the limits of the human heart.”   Bill Bowerman, American coach and co-founder of Nike This sign was emblazoned on a sandwich board at a café to … Continue reading

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Choose Yourself

“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I … Continue reading

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Emotional Urgency

“What can a character come to know of himself and others, by working through a given situation? This is what fiction asks, with an emotional urgency driving it all the way; and can he know it in time? ….Any novel’s … Continue reading

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Rowling Ruminates

JK Rowling probably ranks as the most successful writer ever to pen a book: Her Harry Potter series, which she spent 17 years writing, has sold 450 million copies in 76 languages and A Casual Vacancy, her foray into adult … Continue reading

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Trusting Yourself

Just recently, I was talking with a friend about a writing project. She was pondering which of two pieces to submit at an event. At one point she said, “Well, I think I’ll just go with my gut on this.” … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned

Sometimes, when you find yourself a bit stuck, it can be really helpful to see how a very successful writer you admire handled the same challenge you’re facing. This makes sense for a number of reasons. First, there’s the very … Continue reading

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Rowling Reconsiders

Inspired by the latest Harry Potter movie hoopla, I decided to visit J.K. Rowling’s official Web site (JKRowling.com). As you can imagine, it did not disappoint! It’s creative and colorful — and just interactive enough to make you feel like … Continue reading

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Portable Office

“As every writer — and every reader — knows, writing well is the best trip of them all.” Gore Vidal One of the wonderful things about writing is that you can do it not just at any time of the … Continue reading

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