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Jeremy J. Simmons

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By day, I fight technological evil as a helpdesk technician. By night, mostly I sleep. But I also do what I love: write and sketch and sometimes write music.

My motivation for writing is quite simple: nobody else was writing the book I wanted to read, so I did it myself.

My favorite authors are, in no particular order, Robert Heinlein, Robert Jordan (is this going to be a pattern?), Cinda Williams Chima, Cornelia Funke, and Neil Gaiman.

C.S. Lewis, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Keith Laumer, Orson Scott Card, and Mark Twain were considered for the list, as was Tolkien, but the list was getting a bit long for any kind of meaningful allegiance. The truth is, I am a fan of every writer who tells a great, imaginative story with conviction and voice. List
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Jeremy J. Simmons You must first believe yourself to be a writer, even if everyone around you says you are not, because if you don't think you're a writer until you…moreYou must first believe yourself to be a writer, even if everyone around you says you are not, because if you don't think you're a writer until you publish by age 25, or get a 5-figure advance, or sell a million copies, or *insert milestone here*...you'll never finish the first book.

And if you do by some miracle force yourself to finish, it will sit in a drawer, unread. Safe where no one can criticize it, or fix it, or send it back to the drawing board; calling softly to you, begging for air until it eventually dies with the rest of your soul.

Very dramatic, but also very true. Dreams are achieved by a thousand tiny steps that from far enough away look like a giant leap; but that's just a trick of the eye.(less)
Jeremy J. Simmons I have learned that writer's block is a result of either setting unrealistic expectations for myself (2,000 words in the next half hour! And no…moreI have learned that writer's block is a result of either setting unrealistic expectations for myself (2,000 words in the next half hour! And no mistakes!) or becoming entangled in thinking of the creative process as a chore (Eeyore voice: Only 200 more hours of this and I'll be done. Too bad nothing's coming to mind.)

There's always a temptation for "just a little more research", or a sixth cup of coffee before I sit down and start for real. For me, the cure is to take a deep breath, and immerse myself in the scene at hand. Then it becomes easy to describe what I see.(less)
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