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Mira T. Lee's debut novel, EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL, was named a Top 10 Debut of 2018 by the American Booksellers Association and a Top Fiction Pick of 2018 by Amazon, O Magazine, and the Goodreads Readers Choice Awards, among others. Her short fiction has appeared in journals such as the Southern Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Missouri Review, Harvard Review, and TriQuarterly, and has twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. Mira is a graduate of Stanford University and lives in Cambridge, MA. ...more

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Mira T. Lee There were a lot of times when I was in the middle of my novel and I’d run into some problem I just didn’t know how to solve. For example, there was a…moreThere were a lot of times when I was in the middle of my novel and I’d run into some problem I just didn’t know how to solve. For example, there was a section where I needed to pass a lot of time - years where Lucia was living her life, but nothing was really changing. I just couldn’t see how I could get from where I was to where I wanted to jump to six or seven years later. I remember sitting on my bed, thinking, "I really don't know where to go with this," and "I'm never going to finish this!" Then I went to this talk Elizabeth Strout,and someone asked about these kinds of roadblocks, how to deal with them. She said, “Just keep writing.” That's it. So I did that. I wrote a bunch of words that got me from the middle of the book to the end - it was a bunch of filler, events that were kind of lame and unnecessary, and I knew it, but it didn't matter. The point was that it moved me from A to B, so I could keep writing. I ended up cutting most of it later, but by then it had served its purpose. I did that a lot throughout my numerous drafts. It turned out that a lot of stuff in those early drafts was just scaffolding. So I guess the answer is, just keep writing!

Now I’m at a different kind of writer’s block - because I’m trying to start a new project. I’m not sure yet how I’m going to move through this one!
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“querencia. It refers to that place in the ring where a bull feels strongest, safest, where it returns again and again to renew its strength. It’s the place we’re most comfortable, where we know who we are—where we feel our most authentic selves.”
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“Our mother might've said this: that immigrants are the strongest, that we leave our homes behind and rebuild. Everywhere we go, we rebuild.”
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