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Amber Hunt is an award-winning journalist who works for the Cincinnati Enquirer as an investigative reporter. She previously covered crime for the Detroit Free Press and the Dakotas for The Associated Press and was a 2011 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. She’s written three true-crime books: Dead but Not Forgotten, All-American Murder and See How Much You Love Me, and is co-author of The Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy in America’s Most Public Family with longtime friend David Batcher.

Amber is a past recipient of the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting, the only national award dedicated to crime coverage. She has appeared on NBC’s Dateline and A&E’s Crime Stories, among other TV shows. She lives in Ohio.

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Amber Hunt Because of my background as a daily journalist, writer's block is a luxury I haven't often been afforded. I've always faced fast deadlines and have…moreBecause of my background as a daily journalist, writer's block is a luxury I haven't often been afforded. I've always faced fast deadlines and have had to walk away from stories that I would have loved to have spent more time perfecting. I had to learn early on that done is better than perfect. The same mostly has been true with my books to date, as they've all been on tight deadlines and were nonfiction, so the facts of the case or circumstances of the lives I was profiling dictated what would be on the page. As long as I knew what I was tackling that day writing-wise, I wouldn't get blocked.

Of course, I'm pushing myself into fiction next, and I already sense a difference. The possibilities for the page are endless, and that can be daunting. I actually just decided this week to set a personal deadline for myself so that I won't spend too much time agonizing over each paragraph.(less)
Amber Hunt My advice is to figure out what works for you and then do it. I'm a weird one: Instead of writing a few hundred words a day, my process so far has…moreMy advice is to figure out what works for you and then do it. I'm a weird one: Instead of writing a few hundred words a day, my process so far has been to research like mad and then hole myself up for lengthy stints and hammer out 2,000-6,000 words a day. I barely break to eat in those days. I just write. I'm trying to train myself to tackle smaller chunks, but the truth is that I wouldn't have finished my first book if I hadn't embraced my spill-it-out process at that stage of my life. I needed to feel like my efforts were making a dent in the word count, so there was something reassuring to me when I'd wrap up a long weekend of writing and know that I'd hammered out 10 percent of the book's total. It made everything feel more doable. Now that I've successfully finished four books, I think I can retrain myself to be able to write less -- but more often -- without feeling like I'll never finish.

To aspiring writers, I also say: Remember that most published writers aren't geniuses. Most are just good writers who ended up getting published simply because they tackled a project and, more importantly, they finished. I remember a few years ago, a reporter I worked with belittled one of our colleague's celebrated books by saying, "I don't see what's so great about it. I could've written that." I replied, "OK, but you didn't." My works aren't perfect, but they exist because I finished them. If you want to write, write. If you finish, you're already ahead of most people.(less)
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The start of this week was a whirlwind of press conferences, photo opportunities and historic court arguments for me as I covered the Supreme Court in action for the first time.


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