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Michelle Richmond

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I grew up in Alabama and have lived in Northern California for fifteen years. My books include the novels Golden State, The Year of Fog, No One You Know, and Dream of the Blue Room, and the story collections Hum and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress.

I have a monthly newsletter, and I'd love to send it to you! It includes notes what I'm reading, dispatches from the writing life, and book giveaways. You can sign up for the newsletter at http://michellerichmond.com.




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Michelle Richmond I love what Stephen King says in "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft." "Butt in the chair." Really, it's about sitting down and writing.

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I love what Stephen King says in "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft." "Butt in the chair." Really, it's about sitting down and writing.

Because I'm always working on a novel, and I'm always aware of a chapter or scene that needs to be either written or revised, I don't really struggle with writer's block. There's no sense of, "okay, what will I write today?"

I do, however, experience fair amounts of dread and distraction. Once I'm IN the chair, the challenge is to actually work on the novel-in-progress, rather than using the time to do other, non-novel work, like reading submissions (for the small press I run), responding to email, reading the news, etc. The news is a big pitfall for me!(less)
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The Year of Fog
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 11,189 ratings — published 2006 — 28 editions
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No One You Know
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Golden State
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Dream of the Blue Room
3.17 of 5 stars 3.17 avg rating — 343 ratings — published 2003 — 7 editions
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Hum
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Golden State A Novel by Michelle RichmondBe a reader.

Read widely and well. Read in the genre in which you are writing, but also break away from it. Read essays, crime fiction, flash fiction, poetry. Read investigative journalism. Read diaries from the nineteenth century. Read a book you remember from childhood. When you read, your imagination opens up. Your words flow more freely. I’ve known many readers who weren’t writers, but I’ve... Read more of this blog post »
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“We take pictures because we can't accept that everything passes, we can't accept that the repetition of a moment is an impossibility. We wage a monotonous war against our own impending deaths, against time that turns children into that other, lesser species: adults. We take pictures because we know we will forget. We will forget the week, the day, the hour. We will forget when we were happiest. We take pictures out of pride, a desire to have the best of ourselve preserved. We fear that we will die and others will not know we lived.”
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“...You find a way, somehow to get through the most horrible things, things you think would kill you. You find a way and you move through the days, one by one, in shock, in despair, but you move. The days pass, one after the other, and you go along with them - occasionally stunned, and not entirely relieved, to find that you are still alive.”
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“To be a writer you have to write -- and no academic degree is going to do the writing for you. ”
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“I never expected to find myself here, on the edge of the continent--childless, possibly jobless, with broken bones and a broken marriage, citizen of a broken country. But here I am, and I must make something of it. That's really the only choice one has: make something of it, or don't.”
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Sarah Richmond Thanks for adding me!!


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Bobbie  Crawford Thanks for adding me Michelle :)


message 5: by Jody

Jody Scott-Olson Thanks for the add Michelle, Diane Chamberlain had great things to say about The Year of Fog - I can't wait to read it and I love your excerpts.


Norman Cooper Hello Michelle,

Thanks for adding me to your friend's list. Have a great day!!!

-Norman


Daniel
Hi Michelle, I've added The Year of the Fog and 4 of your other books to my to-read list.


message 2: by Najma

Najma hi! i really like to be friends with you. Well hope to see you again online.PS: do you know an author named Kristi Wright????????????????????????



message 1: by Ken

Ken Thanks for adding me as a friend Michelle and congratulations on The Year of Fog trade paperback hitting the NY Times list.


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