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Jan Stafford Kellis was born reading and learned to write soon afterward. She lives in the wild woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where she works full-time at an electric utility company and sells Rodan + Fields skincare products (that's why she looks so young!). She spends her discretionary time traveling to visit her daughters and granddaughters, marathon shopping, reading, writing, quilting, and luxury camping. See jankellis.com for the latest updates.

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Jan Stafford Kellis Writer's block attacks me when I lose interest in a piece. If I can't think of anything to write about to contribute to that particular piece, I work…moreWriter's block attacks me when I lose interest in a piece. If I can't think of anything to write about to contribute to that particular piece, I work on something else. If I have to work on the blocked piece, due to deadlines or whatever, I try outlining the remaining portion of it and work from that. Once I get two or three sentences into it under duress, I'm usually back on track and writing smoothly. Then I go back and change the horrible portions.
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Jan Stafford Kellis The greatest thing about writing, for me, is forcing myself to clarify thoughts, feelings and ideas. It helps me verbalize what I'm thinking, and to…moreThe greatest thing about writing, for me, is forcing myself to clarify thoughts, feelings and ideas. It helps me verbalize what I'm thinking, and to justify my conclusions--or change them, if I arrive at a different conclusion based on writing out all of my thoughts. (less)
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This is my favorite kind of story: Intriguing character I wish I could meet (13-year-old Miles O'Malley), a healthy dose of information about something I know little about (in this case, the tidal pools near Olympia, Washington) and a well-told story about a fantastic summer full of crazy happenings and discoveries, both in the tidal pools an... Read more of this blog post »
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The Word That You Heard (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Enid Forrester hates her name and her hair. On the first day of summer in 1980 she can almost see the wonderfully empty expanse of time stretching before her: 97 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day to read, write and hang out with her best friend Cheryl Bricker. Cheryl’s house has more siblings, but fewer rules, than Enid’s. Enid comes of age in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where there isn’t much to do in the summer or any other time of year for a twelve-year-old girl. Her summer education includes listening to the “drunken pontificators” lecture in the coffee shop about what not to do as she joins her dad at the local table for their morning refueling. Enid’s little sister Chloe dances her way through the days, annoying Enid and Cheryl with her endless, tuneless singing. Summer passes in two blinks, full of incidents and accidents. Enid is forbidden to see the movie Grease, and has to experience it through Cheryl’s narration. When school starts and Enid receives her first English Composition assignment, she becomes obsessed with writing her manifesto. Enid learns friendship doesn’t last forever and sometimes the simplest philosophy is truest.
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This book contains many valuable ideas and methods for generating ideas painlessly, and how to keep those ideas organized in a 'thought inventory' on the computer. It's slanted toward business writing, but the concepts can be applied to any writing o ...more
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Second time reading it, and it's just as good as the first time. Fabulous discussion of creativity. Truly inspiring.
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