Mary Cecilia Jackson

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Mary Cecilia Jackson

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Mary Cecilia Jackson has worked as a middle school teacher, an adjunct instructor of college freshmen, a technical writer and editor, a speechwriter, a museum docent, and a development officer for central Virginia's PBS and NPR stations. Her first novel, Sparrow, was an honor recipient of the SCBWI Sue Alexander Award and a young-adult finalist in the Writers' League of Texas manuscript contest. She lives with her architect husband, William, in Western North Carolina and Hawaii, where they have a farm and five ridiculously adorable goats.

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Mary Cecilia Jackson Honestly, I'm always a little nervous every time I sit down in front of a blank page. My little lizard brain whispers, "What if I can't do it this…moreHonestly, I'm always a little nervous every time I sit down in front of a blank page. My little lizard brain whispers, "What if I can't do it this time? What if the words won't come? What if I suck?" But I've learned, over many years of writing, that this is ALWAYS going to happen, and I'm ALWAYS going to get through it. How? I just begin. I know that my first drafts are always going to suck, but I write them anyway. I sit at my desk, and I write, knowing that if it's terrible, I'll fix it in revision. The important thing is to get something down. Anything. Even if it's not perfect. Maybe especially if it's not perfect. For me, the story, the magic, the inspiration all come during revision. (less)
Mary Cecilia Jackson So, so many things! Knowing that I am expressing the deepest human emotions. I love the creativity, the beauty of a perfectly formed phrase, the…moreSo, so many things! Knowing that I am expressing the deepest human emotions. I love the creativity, the beauty of a perfectly formed phrase, the feeling of satisfaction when I say exactly what I meant to say. I love putting the words on the page, watching the story coalesce and become something outside myself. I love the solitude and the quiet, carrying notebooks in my purse, keeping them beside my bed, shamelessly eavesdropping on total strangers for story ideas. I also think writers observe the world differently - sometimes I feel like an observer as well as a participant in my own life, my own world, and I love that. (less)
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Sparrow

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