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Mark Souza

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Mark Souza lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two children, and mongrel beast-dog, Tater. When he’s not writing, he’s out among you trying to look and act normal (whatever that is), reminding himself that the monsters he’s created are all in his head, no more real than campaign promises.


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Mark Souza The best thing is the non-stop adulation (I almost hurt myself laughing as I wrote that).

The best thing is creating worlds and characters from…more
The best thing is the non-stop adulation (I almost hurt myself laughing as I wrote that).

The best thing is creating worlds and characters from nothing but your own imagination and experience. And then finding that one reader that sees what you want them to see, who feels the way you intended them to feel. Finding those that get you.(less)
Mark Souza Writer's block comes in a host of varieties. I have a few ways to deal with it. All are guaranteed to work, and all are guaranteed not to work. It…moreWriter's block comes in a host of varieties. I have a few ways to deal with it. All are guaranteed to work, and all are guaranteed not to work. It depends on what your specific variety is.

Switch to writing something else - sometimes the problem is spending too much time with a single story to the point where you're bored, can't see that it's any good anymore, and it feels like a waste of your time. Take some time away from it while you work on something else. It's not that you're sick of writing, it's that you're sick of spending all your time on the same thing. When you come back with fresh eyes, the bright spots of your story will excite you again and you'll realize it doesn't suck.

Force yourself to write - this works when it's the natural tendency toward laziness that causing you to not want to write. When you force yourself to write, usually the first bit sucks until you get on a roll. It's no big deal because you can go back and fix the sucky part later.

Take a week to a month off. Many writers (most I think) have day jobs. They write when they can, every free minute. Over a long span of time burning the wick at both ends between your two jobs, you can become exhausted. Taking time away to recharge the batteries can be just what you need. Sometimes writer's block is merely exhaustion.(less)
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Kevis Hendrickson Thanks for the friendship, Mark.


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message 8: by Carly

Carly Hi Mark, Thanks for the friendship :)


message 7: by Sarah

Sarah Hi Mark, thank you for the add! (=


message 6: by Becca

Becca Hi Mark...nice to "meet" ya =D


Kelly/yllektra Thanks for adding me! :)


message 4: by Mark

Mark Souza No problem. It's good finding friends around here.


Melissa Webb Thanks so much for the add. :)


message 2: by Mark

Mark Souza Yeah, I'm a newbie. Glad to find a friend I know. I have a lot to learn here. If you have any hints on how to connect to readers on goodreads, I'd appreciate it.


Darcia Helle Hi Mark! Great to see you here. Thanks for the add. :)


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