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Jenny R

I'll never forget the day I decided to write...and the day, a couple months later, when I actually did start. Met a wonderful woman tonight. Breast cancer survivor who wants to write about her life. I told her I had a great book I would send her...yours!


I'd add that one should read YOUR book, too, Barbara!


Jenny - Again, thanks.
Elizabeth - and thank you too!


Good advice. I heard Isabel Allende say she always starts her books on the same date in January.

Sarah Kevin

Writing have been my habit and passion since I was a child. So I don't exactly remember the date when I started writing.
Yes I started blogging in 2007.
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I'm buying this book. Can't wait...


Dearrosie - see today's post. Thanks everybody for your comments.


I love people siotres. Looking forward to reading Floor Samples. Since I started the JC Live course, I have been thinking about my story. My image is a three ring blue binder with white tabs these tabs will have people and events. I have made a Lifebook, a photo book of my life but it is not enough. Photos are great but I need words to get to the core me. So today, I will get my blue binder and white tabs together and start thinking about my story. JCLive is adding to the quality of my life this is the first time I have blogged. A lot of firsts: Artist's Date to the local art museum and another to the local music store. I have been playing the piano for 10 days me playing the piano. Amazing! Thanks.


Dear Henry:Thank you for attending the call and for your kind words. Most imatnoprt, thank you for sharing many additional iPad mind mapping and writing resources. I look forward to exploring them.Best wishes on your continued success.Roger


Karen you write such a good blog! How much time do you put into it? It always looks so well feihsind and always has an interesting angle. I checked out that site and it does look interesting. After reading some tips from one of the published authors about writing a little bit every day, I felt inspired enough to go back to one of my (unfinished) draft stories and add just a little bit more


Good to hear you are making a succses of outsourcing Ian. We are currently looking for an apartment in Chiang Mai & will be in touch soon, and ill be able to get a more in depth idea of how things are going for you. Until then!


Thanks to everyone for your meegssas.It's great to hear that you are enjoying the site and finding it useful.Looking forward, the second year will be significantly more eventful than the first, with lots of opportunities and fiction projects being published.Of course, the interviews and articles on the craft of fiction will also keep coming so you can read what authors and other people with first hand involvement in producing fiction and getting it to readers have to say about what they do.Now, go ahead and win yourself a birthday present of a signed book by 2pm.

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