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Mary W. Walters

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Mary W. Walters is the award-winning author of 4.5 novels, a collection of short stories, a non-fiction book about grant-writing for academics, and hundreds of essays, articles and blog posts on a host of subjects. She has been executive director of a writers’ organization, awards facilitator at at university, a writing teacher, a freelance writer, editor and grants consultant – and, throughout it all, she has been a fiction writer.


Mary has won a Writers Guild of Alberta award for excellence in writing and been shortlisted for several other writing awards. She has won an Achievement Award from the Province of Alberta, and is listed in Who’s Who in Canada. She lives in Toronto and on the Internet.

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Mary W. Walters When I have writer's block, it's usually because I know I don't have enough time to finish the project I'm starting so I feel discouraged before I sta…moreWhen I have writer's block, it's usually because I know I don't have enough time to finish the project I'm starting so I feel discouraged before I start. Or else it's because I don't have enough information about the scene I am about to write to believe in it. Research helps with that. (Although I can go on researching forever.)

Since actually writing something is the only way out of writer's block, I find that taking a notebook to a park or to my backyard or even onto the subway and writing a few pages there, rather than on my computer can help. Actually opening the file I'm working on helps, too, but that's the hardest part! Sometimes I take my computer to a coffee shop: I seem to be able to get to work in public more easily than at home, where there are so many distractions.

What I have to do is to remind myself that it's only when I'm looking at the writing from the outside that I have trouble, and that once I start I'll be fine. (I'm also writing a book called In Defense of Procrastination so I consider all my writer's blocks to be research for that book. ;) )(less)
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If The Iliad is any indication, the Trojan War was a complex and messy affair. Even on a fundamental level, it featured the lopping off of so many heads and arms and legs and the impaling of so many torsos and throats and bellies that navigating the battlefield must have been a nightmare. Just think of all the bodies and parts of bodies strewn across the beach, the rivulets of blood running to the

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Mary Walters Thanks, Paul.


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Paul Clayton "What am I doing here?" I feel the same, Mary, sometimes. With all I have to do... But it is a neat site for book worms such as myself. And, nice to be friended, as they say, by a fellow book worm.


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Mary Walters What am I doing here? I can't keep up with facebook and twitter (not that I try to "keep up" but do like to check in to those places and sometimes hang out) and I'm buried in freelance work at the moment (not complaining about that, either). Someday I'll get started here. Soon I hope. Thanks for the welcome.


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Moira Russell HEY dude!


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