Stories of Persistence: Interview with Jessica Barksdale

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1. How did you develop a writing practice over the years? Mostly, writing has always made me feel more human. Once I realized this, I decided that not only did I prefer to be sane but I would have a nice product afterward. Poems, stories, novels. Writing every day brings contentment and something to work on. 2. Name 1-2 memorable risks you’ve taken over the years that felt scary but ultimately paid off in your writing practice or career. Changing genre (from literary writing to genre writing) was scary, as there are some pretty rude assumptions out there about romance writers. But it paid off monetarily as well as in terms of craft. I learned a great deal about plot. … Read More

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Why Write? The Point of Persistence

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence, Writing for Joy, Writing. Practice.

This week my author copies of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence arrived in the mail and with them, that surreal bewilderment of time having sped up so fast that it felt as though I had jumped into the future in a blink. Wasn’t I just dreaming up the idea as a series of journal entries and blog posts meant to cheer myself out of a funk? Hadn’t I just gotten the news from Writer’s Digest Books that they would buy this idea borne out of hope and joy? Wasn’t I just plunking out the first draft, knuckling through the revision? Yes. Yes. And yes. This book’s birth has felt so fast, and frankly so easy because I undertook the whole process with little pressure on myself … Read More

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