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Sam Westhoek waited until the midpoint of his life to start writing in earnest. He felt it best to first experience our world to its fullest.

His various travels have taken him to : farms and cities in Europe; amidst lush humid bayous on the Gulf Coast; across the grandeur of hills and plains in Texas; atop arid mile-high mountains in California; slogging through insidious moon dust in the Arizona and New Mexico deserts; under the variegated curtains of the aurora borealis in Iceland; through tropical fields on the island of Terceira in the Azores; and horseback riding amidst the aspens in the high country of Colorado.

Through it all, Sam has loved and lost, and learned to love again. He has currently settled in the middle of the count
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Sam Westhoek Several ways.

1. Keep writing. Doesn't matter what, just write ~something~ on a piece of paper or in your digital document. It'll be you "priming the …more
Several ways.

1. Keep writing. Doesn't matter what, just write ~something~ on a piece of paper or in your digital document. It'll be you "priming the pump."

2. Do something else for a little while. Go for a walk; talk to friends or family; exercise until you're sweaty. Whatever you do, when you're done, get back to the story. Your characters have been waiting for you

3. Work on a different project for a while. Don't tell me you've only got ~one~ story in your stable! Dig out one of the others and devote a little time and effort to it. When you've made some headway and come to a natural stopping point, see if the return to your main project yields some unexpected results. Remember: "Variety is the spouse of life." {Hmm... Did I misquote that?}(less)
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I got hit between the eyes by the confession of a 20-year-old songstress from New Zealand, named Benee.  In a Public Radio interview, she divulged she’s had her share of mental and emotional challenges, her fill of anxieties.  She talked about how people try not to show themselves crying, yet she posted 10 photos of herself doing so.  She stated “I just think it’s so important to be honest, and to

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Beginnings: Expanded Stories from my Daughter (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: In years past, our youngest daughter, Yvonne, participated in NaNoWriMo. She always had great ideas, and typically blazed into the start of the project. She attended almost every write-in we hosted (I've been a Municipal Liaison since 2014), kibitzing and cajoling with the rest of the writers, helping them flesh out their own story ideas. The quandary she found herself in every year was trying to complete the story. She lamented that fact to my wife, Angela, and she suggested to her to "write a bunch of beginnings, then." So Yvonne did. On 20 September 2017, our daughter passed away. Losing her has redirected our lives in certain categories. So many things we encounter, associated with her presence in our family, will often make us pause in our tracks. We cry; sometimes long and loud, we cry. Then we gather ourselves up and remember God's promise to give each of us a new eternal life, later down the line, just up ahead. And so we keep moving forward with peace in our hearts, anticipating that joyful reunion... We recently stumbled upon a tiny spiral-ring notebook wherein Yvonne had taken her Mom's advice, and found five separate 'story starter' beginnings. Each one encompassed one entire page of the half-sized notebook. Each one is slightly different. Each one has the potential to be an intriguing story on its own. So...as her Dad, as a Writer, as someone who appreciates ideas, as a person who likes to see things come to completion, I'm taking it in hand to finish the tales. Let's see how I do...
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You are correct. I contravened the rules of the site. The Team let me know I'd done so (unwittingly). I apologized to them, and I apologize to y
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Good concept; lackluster execution.

I like fantasy novels for the improbable worlds they suggest. I also revel in the actual World Building an Author performs and then whispers to the Readers “maybe...maybe this could happen.”
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“It doesn't have to be 'just right' Just Now...JUST WRITE!”
Sam Westhoek

“...just because one can guess the nature of a tale doesn't make it any less worth the telling. One might even find a treasure they've missed before, or see a glimmer of true things therein...”
Sam Westhoek, Chasing the Dragon

“It doesn't have to be 'just right' Just Now...JUST WRITE!”
Sam Westhoek

“...just because one can guess the nature of a tale doesn't make it any less worth the telling. One might even find a treasure they've missed before, or see a glimmer of true things therein...”
Sam Westhoek, Chasing the Dragon

“Only fools saw mistakes as a bad thing—mistakes were experience, no matter how good or bad.”
Sean R. Frazier, The Call of Chaos

“Watching the painter painting
And all the time, the light is changing
And he keeps painting
That bit there, it was an accident
But he's so pleased
It's the best mistake, he could make
And it's my favourite piece
It's just great

--- excerpt from the song "An Architect's Dream" from the album Aerial”
Kate Bush, Kate Bush Book Of Lyrics

“A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way, but intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.”
Albert Einstein

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