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Mary Lynn

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Mary Lynn has worn many hatssecretary, certified nursing assistant, and retail manager, among othersbut none has meant as much to her as writer. After earning a bachelors degree in management, she took a bold step in pursuit of her dream of becoming a full-time writer in 2012, applying and gaining acceptance to the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. There she honed her craft, and shortly after graduation in 2015, realized her dream. These days, she spends her time writing and researching her first novel, due to be completed later this year. Residing in northern Illinois, Mary Lynn is married and enjoys spending time with her husband, three grown children and four grandchildren. ...more

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Mary Lynn I don't sweat it. You can't boil water unless you put water in the pan. You can't write a story if you have no story to write. If the words aren't…moreI don't sweat it. You can't boil water unless you put water in the pan. You can't write a story if you have no story to write. If the words aren't coming, or the story is stuck, then back up, go back to the beginning and let the story grow. Every great story starts out as a seed. Some seeds develop quickly, bringing forth flowers or grass. Others take time, like the bamboo shoot. When the seed is first planted, it can take up to five years for the sprout to pop up above the soil. This doesn't mean the seed is unproductive. On the contrary, the seed is spending that time developing a massive root ball large enough to support the growth that will take place when it finally does sprout. The same goes for writing. Yes, you should write everyday, but writing is so much more than typing or scribbling on a piece of paper. Writing is story telling and if the story is not properly developed then the story will be weak. If you can't find the words within you then you must go find the words outside of yourself. Read. Research. Dream. Imagine. Let the characters and story tell you where to go. Stop trying to tell them what to do. Trust yourself and them. They are the ones living the story, let them tell you how they're doing it. (less)
Mary Lynn Getting lost in the story and the lives of the characters because when you do, the rest of the world simply disappears. Problems in your life don't…moreGetting lost in the story and the lives of the characters because when you do, the rest of the world simply disappears. Problems in your life don't exist. Only the characters and their world does. I love creating, asking those questions and finding ways to weave stories into rich, visual images captured on paper. I love to tell stories so when I get the chance to do that, I am in heaven. My favorite day is a day spent with no obligations, no appointments, no phone calls to make, just me, my laptop, my two cats snuggled up next to me and all the time in the world to weave the story that's on the inside of me. Best day ever!!(less)
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Secret: kept from knowledge or view, hidden, conducted in private, a practice marked by discretion.

Secrets destroy, silently eroding the confidence, value and trust of individuals, families, societies. Words whispered in private to cover over deeds too horrible to be allowed in public are the little foxes feasting on the fruits of the vine. Especially within families. Traditions held for years,... Read more of this blog post »
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“We shared an intense, quiet sadness. A difficult past that was understood without words. I never asked him about his childhood because I didn’t want him asking about mine. Terrible plus terrible equals horrific. And our marriage couldn’t handle horrific. It could barely tolerate tempered silence.”
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“I should have felt overwhelmed by emotion. I should have felt something. But despite my tears, I was numb. As if that black hole that would envelop my husband’s body forever was really inside me. I was the black hole. Hollow, echoing, empty.”
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