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William Jensen earned his MFA in creative writing from Texas State University. His short fiction has appeared in NORTH DAKOTA QUARTERLY, THE TEXAS REVIEW, STONEBOAT, and in other various journals and anthologies. He now lives in Texas. His debut novel, CITIES OF MEN, is available now wherever fine books are sold.

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William Jensen I don't really believe in writer's block, but I definitely believe in being burned out. Writing, like any other profession, is wedged between all the …moreI don't really believe in writer's block, but I definitely believe in being burned out. Writing, like any other profession, is wedged between all the other things that happen in life: family, naps, emergency room visits, weddings, late night trips to the drug store, colds, divorce, hangovers, day jobs, car problems, and everything else. It is difficult to always be on and ready and creative. Writing is hard work! I try to keep notebooks with various ideas, images, lines of dialogue, and whatnot to look at to help get back into the right mindset. I also enjoy cracking open my favorite books and re-reading the passages that excite me. The real trick is to sit down and write one sentence at a time. Then another. Then another. It is a lot like going back to the gym. The bench press seems so much heavier than it used to be--but it only gets easier if you go and lift on a regular basis.(less)
William Jensen The best advice for someone first starting out? Remember the reader. Think of your ideal reader and write for that person. Don't confuse the reader, d…moreThe best advice for someone first starting out? Remember the reader. Think of your ideal reader and write for that person. Don't confuse the reader, don't bog the reader down with parts that will get skimmed over. You want your reader to keep turning the pages--not watching reality television.

Also: READ! Read the books that excite you. Read the classics, too. There is a reason Tolstoy and Melville have endured.(less)
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