Susan Z. Ritz

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Susan Ritz grew up in Minnesota, but she left home to become a wandering scholar; she lived, studied, and worked as a social worker in Kenya, Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia in the 1970s. She worked as a human rights lobbyist in Washington, DC, during the Carter Administration before moving to Dachau, Germany, the setting for her memoir in progress, On the Edge of Dachau. For the past thirty years she has lived with her husband and three children in Montpelier, Vermont, where she has worked as a fund raiser, events coordinator, and philanthropic advisor for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, especially those promoting economic equality for women. Writing, however, has always been her passion, and after receiving an MFA in creative non ...more

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Susan Z. Ritz When I'm stuck or uninspired, I turn off the computer and write by hand. I am a big fan of Natalie Goldberg's writing practice. I sit down with a…moreWhen I'm stuck or uninspired, I turn off the computer and write by hand. I am a big fan of Natalie Goldberg's writing practice. I sit down with a yellow legal pad, give myself a prompt and then go for at least 10 minutes, never taking my pen off the page. I try to find tangents and rabbit holes to explore that take me into new writing territory. I usually find some way back into my story when I give up trying so hard.(less)
Susan Z. Ritz The best thing about being a writer is that every day I have a new challenge in front of me. Through writing, I figure out what I believe and what I…moreThe best thing about being a writer is that every day I have a new challenge in front of me. Through writing, I figure out what I believe and what I hope for. My mind is naturally scattered and undisciplined, so writing is the only way I know how to tame it!(less)
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How to Write About Dreams

How to Write About Dreams


We all like to talk about our dreams, but few people want to hear about them. Our own dreams are revelatory, scary, confusing, funny, and weird; other people’s dreams are just plain boring. That’s why so many writing teachers and editors warn us not to throw dreams into our stories if we want to keep our readers turning pages.
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