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April Davila

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April Dávila received her undergraduate degree from Scripps College before going on to study writing at USC. She was a resident of the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in 2017 and attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in 2018. In 2019 her short story “Ultra” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A fourth-generation Californian, she lives in La Cañada Flintridge with her husband and two children. She is a practicing Buddhist, half-hearted gardener, and occasional runner. 142 Ostriches is her first novel.

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April Davila The first piece of advice I always give to aspiring writers is to just get started. Set aside a regular time and just do it. It might mean getting up …moreThe first piece of advice I always give to aspiring writers is to just get started. Set aside a regular time and just do it. It might mean getting up early (like, really early) or working on your lunch break, or writing on the bus, but if you wait to be inspired, the odds of finishing anything are pretty slim. Be okay with the fact that your first draft will suck and just get to it.
The second thing I usually tell writers is to go ahead and take the word "aspiring" out of their description of themselves. If you write, you're a writer. You don't have to wait for publication or awards or your parent's approval to call yourself a writer. Just write something. (less)
April Davila I don't have a summer reading list so much as an ever-growing pile of books on my bedside table. Currently, I'm looking forward to Water Dancer by Ta-…moreI don't have a summer reading list so much as an ever-growing pile of books on my bedside table. Currently, I'm looking forward to Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates and The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson (which comes out May 5). Both are writers I admire for different reasons. (less)
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142 Ostriches

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You Inner Critic’s BFF: Doubt

Dealing with doubt

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how meditation can help us to deal with our inner critic. You can read that piece here, but in short, the idea was that we can train ourselves to recognize that hyper-critical little voice that pipes up when we’re writing so that we don’t let it derail us. We can simply notice its incessant berating diatribes and ignore it, much as we would a barking dog. Well, it oc

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