I see the stories as something I sorted out, something I worked through. A problem I solved.


“I’ve learned not to share a piece of writing if my main reason for sharing is that I want validation from someone else.”


When/where you find yourself scared and paralyzed, either of something you are writing, of revealing yourself through the work, or for any other reason, how do you start moving again? And by moving I mean forward, not backwards, as in retreating?


“I’m amazed by how often I’ve struggled with piece of writing only to return to it months, or even years, later to find that it all comes together with little thought.”


In order to write THROUGH the story, I had to relive it. And in my case that meant reliving these specific things:
—the death of my daughter —the abuse I suffered from my father —the self destructions I inflicted on my self
—the longing for a mother drowned by alcoholism


“How do I know when I’ve found my story? When I wake up in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning and have to grab the notepad on my nightstand.”


The editor goes into generous detail about shimmering talent, selling a book versus selling an author and falling in love.


“My own sense is that writers are blocked mostly by their own inhibitions about being truthful on the page, and about allowing themselves success.”


“I’m on record as not believing in writer’s block. But as I learned after having my second child a year ago, sometimes you just can’t rush the fiction process, no matter how many hours you spend in front of your computer.”