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Stuart Archer Cohen

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in Cincinnati, Ohio, The United States
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Invisible World (Reganbooks/HarperCollins 1998)
The Stone Angels (Orion, 2003)
The Army of the Republic (St. Martin's Press, Sept 2008)

Born Cincinnati 1958.
Walnut Hills High School
Johns Hopkins Univ.
Columbia University, 1981
Moved to Juneau, Alaska 1982
Opened Invisible World, 1985 (Wool and Alpaca)
China, 1991, (Cashmere and Silk.)
Closed Invisible World, 1996
Published first novel, Invisible World, 1998
Ran out of money, 2001, Re-opened Invisible World, 2002
Published 17 Stone Angels in England, 2003, later translated into 9 other languages.
The Army of the Republic, St. Martin's Press, September 2008.
This is How it Really Sounds, St. Martin's, 2014



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Stuart Archer Cohen I have writer's block every single day. Doesn't everybody?

On any given day, when I get stopped I just write any kind of crap that comes to mind until…more
I have writer's block every single day. Doesn't everybody?

On any given day, when I get stopped I just write any kind of crap that comes to mind until I find the sentence that matters, then I go off that sentence.

In the bigger picture, I basically have to suffer through and keep churning out pages, no matter how peripheral, bad or useless they are. I have a quota of 4 pp per day, and I can spend weeks working on material I later throw away. But that's how you find out what happens.(less)
Stuart Archer Cohen It doesn't take talent to become a writer: it takes work ethic.
The main talent it takes to be a writer is the talent of sitting alone in a room (read…more
It doesn't take talent to become a writer: it takes work ethic.
The main talent it takes to be a writer is the talent of sitting alone in a room (read Michael Ventura's essay, The Talent of the Room).
Write the rough draft quickly and don't look back too much.
Until you have a beginning, middle and end, you're dealing with infinity, and that doesn't fit in a book.
Don't tear yourself apart telling yourself how bad it is, or how it should be more like somebody else.
Don't let too many people in the room with you.(less)
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“As he ducked out into the rain, I had a notion that filled me with fresh resolve, even though I knew that the same notion had crushed a million hearts before mine and would go on crushing them as long as anyone tries to rescue a person or a country or anything else that's valuable and endangered. I thought, I can save this man.”
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“In that moment, I understand the way that the noblest yearning for duty and sacrifice can be mixed up with all that is savage and shameful, like in the Bible, where a just and merciful God tells you to kill everyone, kill the children, kill the livestock, kill John Polling, leave nothing alive to sully this pure and just world. Except when it's all done you find out that wasn't really God after all, just some politician, or maybe it was God, but he taps you on the shoulder and says, 'No, dude, that isn't what I meant,' and leaves you sitting in a Dairy Queen in Bothell with blood on your hands and no further orders...”
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