Quotes That Kept Me Writing

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  I’m pretty sure Nelson Mendela said something like this, but I swear, I came up with it all on my own. When I first decided I wanted to pursue a career in writing, it seemed impossible. First, I’d have to write a book. Then, it would have to be good enough to get an agent. From there, I’d have to have enough talent to land a publishing contract. All…

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I Made It! (Say What, Now?)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

  You’re a writer who dreams of publishing a book. You write and write and write, until you think perhaps you have something that someone, somewhere, would like to read. You research agents and devour every blog post, Facebook post, and twitter announcement, trying to glean the secret, trying to figure out how you can move from form rejections to personal rejections to R & R’s to an email saying…

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If You’re Not Riddled With Self-Doubt, You’re Not Doing it Right

Thursday, November 30, 2017

This isn’t my real first draft. This is a fake one I created for demonstration purposes. Check out that word count and deadline. Are you stressed out yet?   First drafts. They are a nasty business. They will cut you down, make you weep, and doubt everything about yourself. Sounds fun, right?   I’m fortunate enough to be working on a first draft right alongside one of my favorite critique…

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All Roads Lead to This One

Thursday, November 23, 2017

This is exactly where you’re supposed to be. This quote is posted on the wall next to my bed. Long ago I gave up trying to think about what if’s, because that usually what if’ed my kids out of existence. And while I’m thrilled to get them out of the house for the day, I still like them home by bedtime.   So instead, I’m going to talk about the…

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And the Winner is…No one! And Everyone!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I’ll admit, I’ve never done Nanowrimo. I think it’s a great idea—a community of writers, coming together to encourage each other to do the hardest thing a writer faces: putting the words on paper. The timing has never worked out for me, though. For some reason, I’m always in some stage of revision every November. And really, I’m so type-A about my writing schedule that every day of the year…

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Julie’s Real Author Bio

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Writing an author bio is challenging for many debut authors, who often don’t have many/any publishing credits to list. It’s always a toss-up on what tone you want to strike—brief and professional? Or longer and folksy? You want to be real, but not too real. This week I decided to write the author bio that could never make the final cut.   Version 1: Julie Clark grew up in Santa…

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The Other Side of Fear

Thursday, November 2, 2017

In 2012 I lost one of my best friends to cancer. Sharon was only forty-two years old, and left behind an amazing husband and two young kids. It happened fast. In May she was healthy, driving up to Los Angeles to take me out for my birthday. By August it had metastasized to her liver and bones, and by the following March, we’d lost her. It changes you, to watch…

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Julie’s Personality Type: I, I, I, I (with a little S, F and J)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

This picture is just a joke. I don’t have a cat. I’ve never been hooked on personality types to explain why I am the way I am. I’m an introvert, and I usually put a period at the end of that sentence. Why go on? But this week we’re talking about how our personalities influence our writing, so I decided to take a few personality tests and see what else…

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How My Creativity Found Me

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I come from a right-brained family. As a child, I’d wander the neighborhood, lost in my imagination, while my brother would stay home and draw. I never thought of what I did as being creative though. That was my brother, who knew he was going to be a comic book artist from a very young age. I left the art to him, and spent all my time reading. But many years…

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“So…What’s Your Book About?”

Thursday, September 7, 2017

When people hear I’m publishing a book, they always say, “Oh! What’s it about?” It seems like a simple question with a simple answer. But my critique partner, Aimee, thinks I should probably come up with something a little snappier than I have no idea anymore; something more engaging than a blank stare. The thing is, there have been so many versions of this story over the three years it took…

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