Eileen Rivers

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Eileen Rivers is a digital content editor for USA TODAY's Editorial Page for which she creates online interactive content. She won an Emmy for her recent "Re-entry Project" during which she headed a team of journalists who visited prisons across the country to tell the stories of repeat offenders. Her goal in developing, editing and publishing the project was to get the stories behind America's recidivism numbers and figure out what's lacking for prisoners in the U.S. compared with other developed countries -- all of which, but one, have lower recidivism rates.

She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, covering government, crime, incarceration and the military. Before becoming an editor at USA TODAY, Eileen was a copy editor at The W
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Eileen Rivers I once heard someone say there's no such thing as writer's block. He said that what we think of as "writer's block" is simply an indication that we…moreI once heard someone say there's no such thing as writer's block. He said that what we think of as "writer's block" is simply an indication that we haven't done enough reporting yet. I think that's true. Once you've done enough interviews, research, reading, the content should just come pouring out (doesn't come pouring out perfectly, but the words should be itching to get on the page. After that, you have to refine it). If you ever find yourself stuck, think hard about what's making you stuck. Usually there's some question you haven't answered or some unknown element bouncing around in your head. You need more information. Do more research. Do the digging. Once you do that, the writer's block goes poof! Of course, there's a balance. You also don't want to over-report. Sometimes that can also lead to paralysis. At that point, you need to organize/outline what you've already got so you can jump in. (less)
Eileen Rivers Hmmm. Well, I'm not sure I'm the best person to give out advice, but, the one thing I feel strongly about follows: So many people say write what you…moreHmmm. Well, I'm not sure I'm the best person to give out advice, but, the one thing I feel strongly about follows: So many people say write what you know. I say that's poppycock. Write what you feel strongly about. Use your imagination. If people only wrote what they knew, science fiction wouldn't exist, and what a loss to the world that would be! Write what you feel. Write about what calls to you. Do good research, dig deeply into your imagination and go for it! That's about all the advice I can give. I hope it's meaningful and that it helps! :-) (less)
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for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbo... by Ntozake Shange
“one thing I don’t need
is any more apologies
i got sorry greetin me at my front door
you can keep yrs
i don’t know what to do wit em
they don’t open doors
or bring the sun back
they don’t make me happy
or get a mornin paper
didn’t nobody stop usin my tears to wash cars
cuz a sorry.”
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Ntozake Shange
“one thing I don’t need
is any more apologies
i got sorry greetin me at my front door
you can keep yrs
i don’t know what to do wit em
they don’t open doors
or bring the sun back
they don’t make me happy
or get a mornin paper
didn’t nobody stop usin my tears to wash cars
cuz a sorry.”
Ntozake Shange, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf




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