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Gina Ochsner

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GINA OCHSNER is the author of two collections of short stories, People I Wanted to Be and The Necessary Grace to Fall, both of which won the Oregon Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Glimmer Train, and others. She is a recipient of the Flannery OConnor Award, the Ruth Hindman Foundation Prize, Guggenheim and NEA Grants, and the Raymond Carver Prize. She lives in Oregon. "

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Gina Ochsner On occasion I find myself bumping up against a wall. I don't know what should happen next in a story. I can't quite figure out why the characters are…moreOn occasion I find myself bumping up against a wall. I don't know what should happen next in a story. I can't quite figure out why the characters are doing what they're doing. The whole story feels flat or stale. When this happens I troll my bookshelf at home or go to a bookstore. I'm looking at titles. I'm pulling books of the shelves, taking in their heft and texture. I'll look at the amazing first lines of first chapters. I remind myself why I like to write: because I love reading. I return to the great masters who made me fall in love with words in the first place. And then something magical happens. A word. An image. A thought. An idea. And then I'm back at it.(less)
Gina Ochsner Being a writer is like playing in a giant sandbox. Everyday I get to have some low down messy fun making shapes and building characters and watching…moreBeing a writer is like playing in a giant sandbox. Everyday I get to have some low down messy fun making shapes and building characters and watching what they'll do next. Every day is a new adventure and I've honestly never once been bored. (less)
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Gina Ochsner Thanks, Don! I'll check out your work tonight!
ina


Donald Parker Hi Gina,
Thanks for the friend request. I'd be honored if you'd check out my work at My Website. You can download any or all of my ebooks for free.
God bless!
Don



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