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Emily Devenport

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I've been published under three pen names: as Emily Devenport, I wrote SHADE, LARISSA, SCORPIANNE, EGGHEADS, THE KRONOS CONDITION, and GODHEADS. As Maggy Thomas, I wrote BROKEN TIME, which was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. As Lee Hogan I wrote BELARUS and ENEMIES. My books have been published in the U.S., the U.K., Italy, and Israel. I'm writing as Emily Devenport again, and I have two new titles out from Smashwords: THE NIGHT SHIFTERS and SPIRITS OF GLORY.

I'm also an undergraduate studying Geology and a volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

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Emily Devenport I've read some good advice from Pixar about that -- they recommend that you make a list of stuff that COULDN'T happen next. The theory is that when…moreI've read some good advice from Pixar about that -- they recommend that you make a list of stuff that COULDN'T happen next. The theory is that when you go over that list, you're going to realize that the thing that is going to happen next is really on that list. Another writer I know says you should interview your characters, ask them questions about themselves and about what's been going on, even what THEY think might happen.

But for me, the only way through a block is to approach the job as if it were pick-and-shovel work. Just sit down and pound something out. The trick is to keep the page quota low until you feel more confident again. During my worst bouts of writer's block, that page quota has been as low as 1/2 page per day. But even that glacial pace will move a book or story forward, until you feel confident again. Eventually you find you can do more. And you realize that you're working on a ROUGH draft. Stuff that doesn't work can be tweaked during the next round.

Don't automatically saddle yourself with high daily quotas. When your writer buddies are bragging that they got 2000, 4000, 8000 words done in their last session, congratulate them but don't kick yourself. I finished two novels in 18 months by writing on a laptop during my lunch break. And I learned to enjoy writing again. (less)
Emily Devenport Well, it certainly isn't the money. I've always needed a day job to survive. It's not the acclaim either, because praise is fairly rare. Even when…moreWell, it certainly isn't the money. I've always needed a day job to survive. It's not the acclaim either, because praise is fairly rare. Even when you're a popular author, you're going to get a lot of guff. Take a look at your favorite books on this website, and you'll notice the reactions from readers are a mixed bag.

But I have to admit, there was a time in my life when being a writer gave me an identity that I previously lacked. And that identity was important to me. I felt very lost in high school, and it didn't get better in my 20s. I had a couple of forays into college, but none of the subjects really grabbed me. That's when the urge to write came on (actually, almost like the onset of a mental illness). Once I had written some stories and gotten some positive feedback, I could tell people I was a writer. That was a wonderful feeling.

The funny thing is, now I have another aspiration. Writing still matters to me a lot, but I want to become a geologist. This is tough at my age, and I still have to maintain a day job. By the time I get my Bachelor's Degree, I probably will be too old to get a job in my field (though not necessarily -- I might be able to work for a national or state park). But I don't care, because I have a passion for it, very much like the passion I feel for writing. If I had realized this back in my 20s, my life could have turned out very differently. I'm pretty sure I still would have started writing -- but who knows? People would have asked me what I did, and I would have replied, "I'm a geologist." I would have been proud of that, too.

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