"Squelch the censor in your head, the one that's telling you what you think other people want to read; that way you'll surprise yourself and keep at it long after common sense tells you to attend to more profitable pursuits. Be nosy. Eavesdrop. Write about what and whom you know, but well disguised, the better to dumbfound family and friends. Go into the garden as long as weather and your knees permit. Don't swim or sail alone."
Norma Shainin was born in New York City and now resides in rural Western Washington State. She has always loved books and worked for a publisher, bookseller and print shop before becoming a writer. Early on, one of her short stories was chosen for the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project. Less solitary (but requiring more muscle) was her job as prop master and set decorator on the independent film, "Apart From That."
Excerpt from New Millennium Writings: Issue 20 (2011)
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