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Dawn Davies

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    I have been writing since I was a little kid. Early writing activities included multiple attempts at getting published in Readers Digest's "Life in These United States," writing radio show scripts which I produced on a cassette player in my room, and parodying stories in the style of authors I admired. After I dropped out of college, I wrote for fun, then got married, had children, stopped writing for fun and began writing for work (web content, scientific textbook ad copy, and editing for other authors). I went back to college as an adult and earned my BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts' ADP program.

          Some years later, I went back to college for an MFA in Creative Writing
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Thank you so much for reading MOS. I am grateful, and honored that you identify with it. Here’s a secret about “Night Swim,” the first…more
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Thank you so much for reading MOS. I am grateful, and honored that you identify with it. Here’s a secret about “Night Swim,” the first essay....I have trouble reading it at book readings because I still choke up. I read it often, because it’s short and people like hearing shorter things, and yet I still get wobbly every time.

Regarding the book group, I would love to help. You know, I could be there in person by Skype or something like Skype, if people wanted to ask questions.(less)
Dawn Davies I usually have three or more projects going on at the same time, so when I get stuck on one, that sometimes means I need to take a few days off from…moreI usually have three or more projects going on at the same time, so when I get stuck on one, that sometimes means I need to take a few days off from it. I put it aside and work on something else for a bit.

Sometimes these "projects" are simply different essays. I might get stuck on one....which means I am not clear enough with what I want to say, so I step back and pick up another essay, or more often, I switch to fiction. Then when I come back to the project that was giving me a hard time, I can look at it with fresh eyes. That usually does the trick.

Sometimes I stop writing for a few days and just read. Other people's work, not my own. That helps. It's okay to take a day off, unless you are on deadline.

By the way, I never get stuck when on a deadline. I think the fear of blowing the deadline gives me enough power to muscle through anything. Fear is a powerful motivator.

Being blocked with something you are trying to write doesn't mean you are finished and will never write again. If it happens to you, be nice to yourself. Figure out what you need to step past the block. Be nice to yourself, but not too nice. Don't quit writing.(less)
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