One of the best essays I've seen in recent years was by a young woman who wrote about how being chosen to choreograph a high school musical forced her to assume a leadership role she wasn't sure she was ready for - but of course she was.
I like to take writing retreats within a day's drive of home. Less travel time means more time for writing, which is the name of the game here.
I like working on stories where I can explore the darker corners of childhood without illustrations but with humor.
During the holiday season, it's easy to forget that sometimes the best gift of all is simply the gift of time. I can't think of anything a writer would appreciate more than being given time and space to work.
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