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ROADBLOCKS This week, I was inspired by a motivational calendar on my desk that came from my church. It said, “Be aware of roadblocks in life. Ask God for direction.” Now, I am not going to get into a religious treatise here, because this is certainly not the forum. I would, however, like to talk … Read the rest
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Copyright 2002 by Shirley Jump I have been to at least a dozen conferences, both small and large, and have drawn something from every single one I’ve gone to. Some have been for non-fiction (Society of Professional Journalists), some have been for fiction (Romance Writers of America) but all have taught me something and given … Read the rest
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copyright 2005 by Shirley Jump www.shirleyjump.com Even if you haven’t sold anything yet to a publisher—or even if you’ve sold a hundred things—it’s handy to keep a few tips in mind when working with your editor and publisher. I’m a writer, just like you are, and I know that we all tend to get excited … Read the rest
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This article originally appeared in the JumpStart newsletter Copyright by Shirley Jump www.shirleyjump.com I hear it all the time: “I want to be a writer but I don’t have the time to be one.” My response? A quote from British author George E. Allen that a friend sent to me once: “How badly do you … Read the rest
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This article originally appeared in The Rock Copyright 2001 by Shirley Jump www.shirleyjump.com Have you ever watched Angelina Jolie act? If not, go see “Girl, Interrupted” or “Gia.” There’s a woman who truly knows how to let go, to slip into her roles with a ferocity that’s almost primal. She truly becomes the other person, … Read the rest
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