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James Boyle

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in Cherry Point, N.C., The United States
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Like all of us, James is a product of his environment.

He was raised in a religious/spiritual family and that spirituality pervades much of his work. He even attended a Catholic Seminary for a year before deciding the priesthood was not for him.

His father worked for the phone company as James was growing up, which was much like growing up in a military family. The company transferred his father every couple of years. By the time he graduated from high school, he’d moved twenty times. He attended nine different schools in five cities and three states. Needless to say, he had no lifelong childhood friends.

James lived in North Dakota until he was eight, then in Washington and Oregon. He finds the landscape of the Pacific Northwest has done
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James Boyle Read. Read everything you can get your hands on. Read every day. Read the classics. Read the best contemporary fiction. Read history and biography.…moreRead. Read everything you can get your hands on. Read every day. Read the classics. Read the best contemporary fiction. Read history and biography. Read cookbooks and trashy pulp novels. Read everything. Other than the act of writing itself, reading is the most effective training in the craft out there.

Back in the days of apprenticeships, a young man didn’t go to work with a master carpenter and expect to immediately start cranking out award-winning furniture. In fact, they probably didn’t make much of anything the first couple of years. What he did was watch the master at work and learn the fundamentals of the craft from him. He learned how to select the proper wood, how to cure it, shape and join it, and how to apply the proper finish. Only after years of study and practicing the fundamentals did he begin to try his own projects.

Writing is no different. Before we can expect to produce quality work, we need to study the fundamentals of the craft under a master. Fortunately for us, we don’t need to seek out a master in some grimy workshop somewhere and beg to be taken on as an apprentice. We have all the masters we could possibly want, just waiting for us at the local library.

We need to read to learn the craft of writing. We need to read to keep improving our skills. But we don’t read like our dear Aunt Edna reads her cozy mysteries. We read like writers. Which means that though we immerse ourselves and enjoy the story, we also pay close attention to the techniques and devices the author uses to tell it.

Why did the author choose to begin the work where and when she did? Why end it that way? How did the author create suspense? How did they evoke the characters? What did she do to make you care about what happens?

Those are just some of the things we can learn from reading. There are many, many others. So writers need to read all the time. Basically, whenever you aren’t physically writing something you should be reading. It will do you good.

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James Boyle Every writer at some point has to deal with writer’s block. It is so common that people with no experience at serious writing know what it is. It’s…moreEvery writer at some point has to deal with writer’s block. It is so common that people with no experience at serious writing know what it is. It’s part of the deal. So no one should be surprised when it show’s up, laughing at you from the blank screen of your word processor.

Writer’s block is temporary inability (or difficulty) producing written work the author finds acceptable. Sometimes it means she will be unable to generate any decent ideas to work on; sometimes, he just can’t seem to create a decent sentence to save his life. Whatever the case, it does happen to every writer and it nearly always passes, kind of like a batting slump for a baseball player.

The secret is to relax, do what you always do, and trust that your talent and skill haven’t suddenly deserted you. It’s when the writer panics and begins to doubt herself that writer’s block becomes destructive. Just like the baseball player in a batting slump should not change his swing or give up his place in the lineup, the writer needs to stick with the fundamentals and the routines that have always been successful. It’s panicking and giving in to self-doubt that ruins the writer. It re-enforces and feeds the block.

Trust yourself. Trust your talent. Relax and sooner or later something will “click” and the words will flow again just as they always had before. You just need faith and patience.
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“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”
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