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"All my life experiences kept inside like a spice cabinet until I need a small dash or pinch to build a new fictional person." I love this line! Great post expressing how we writers tap into life experiences to create stories, real or fiction.
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Thank you, Susan, for the Women's Writing Circle and all that you offer there, and for your courage to "go off script." I have to admit to my own fears, my reluctance at times to go off script for fear of being attacked or shamed. But as we support each other and continue to speak out, we are rewriting the script. Your point about listening is a good one, too. Right now, everyone is shouting so loudly that we can't hear each other.

Like you, I am struggling to understand how this could happen, how good people could vote for him--and as hard as it is to believe, there are many of them who did. When I see the pain and fear this is causing in so many, including myself, it is hard to "move on." But like you and other amazing creatives, I will dig deep and reach high and find that place in myself that lets me speak out and "write out" and protect the vulnerable and right the wrongs.

The patriarchy is dying and it is putting up a hell of a fight.
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I always enjoy reading "the story behind the story." Thanks for hosting this series, Susan. And great job, Terri!
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This sounds perfect, Susan. The combination of togetherness with other women writers and reflective alone time is priceless.

I attended a six-day retreat two years ago (one that you recommended--Women Writing for (a) change). There was some structure provided in group meetings with warm, talented, supportive women (none of whom I had met previously). There was also a lot of free time built into the schedule. I had big plans for how to structure my free time in order to make progress on my writing project, but my muse had other plans. I spent much of the time walking, thinking, resting, and healing. 

One of my favorite quotes is by Brenda Ueland: "So you see, imagination needs moodling--long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering."

It goes against the grain of our driven society, but isn't that what the creator does?
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Patty Kline-Capaldo commented on a post on Blogger.
Excellent points, Susan. I've learned so much from the many positive critiques I've had and even from the few painful ones. What makes a critique positive is, as you've suggested, the questions and suggestions that make me see my story or characters in a different light.
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Patty Kline-Capaldo commented on a post on Blogger.
Thanks for sharing your "lessons learned." I didn't finish NaNoWriMo this year either but, like you, I got some good writing done. I enjoy the places my imagination takes me when I'm racing toward that deadline and not worrying about excellence. That comes later. I commend you for giving it a try.
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This was such a generous offering from you, Susan, both the class and the blog posts. Thank you.
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Patty Kline-Capaldo commented on a post on Blogger.
Great post, Susan. I love the steps you offer for getting from the blank page to discovering our story. Those surprises are the magic and joy of writing.
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Rae, I'm so glad you found your way to Just Write. You said, "There was something magical about the writing space." You were and are part of that magic. It's been such a thrill to watch this book develop. Finding a community of writers has been life-changing for me, too. Susan and the Women's Writing Circle have been instrumental in my growth as a writer, giving me the courage to start my group, which has in turn born fruit. You are right, Rae. The image of the solitary writer is a myth. I would encourage any writer out there to find your village. And if you can't find one, create one.
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Sounds like a winning approach and some great advice
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