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Jill C. Baker grew up in a small town in New York state where, as a teenager, she wrote a weekly newspaper column, experimented with poetry, and reviewed summer stock theatre. She pursued her interest in media and writing at Boston University's College of Communication, graduating with a major in Broadcasting & Film. Upon graduation, she moved to Southern California to work in film production. With a relocation to San Francisco and eventually back to Boston, she returned to her newspaper roots, serving as a copywriter, AV producer, and promotion manager for leading publishers such as Hearst and Harte-Hanks. Following a detour into the non-profit sector, she became Director of Marketing for a digital publishing provider in the magazine indus ...more

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Jill C. Baker Do something else, ideally something that's creative or totally different: take a walk, listen to music, work in the garden, sit on the floor in a dif…moreDo something else, ideally something that's creative or totally different: take a walk, listen to music, work in the garden, sit on the floor in a different room with a yellow pad and think. Sometimes, if I find myself in a corner (plot, logistics, dates), I go to bed thinking about my challenge and usually wake up with an idea. Also, cut yourself some slack. Sure you 'have to' write 5 pages, but if you really want to research a detail, play with a poem, or work on your cover, do that. Usually clearing one's head of that nagging 'want,' helps you focus on the thing you need to do. And remember, perfection is not a requirement of writing. Just start -- and see where it goes. You can always delete or save it for later.(less)
Jill C. Baker You can take your work and your passion anywhere you go. There's no perishable inventory, very few required tools, no prescribed hours to practice you…moreYou can take your work and your passion anywhere you go. There's no perishable inventory, very few required tools, no prescribed hours to practice your craft. Chances are, if you're stuck for an idea, one will magically make itself known. If you don't like what you've written, you can toss it out and try again. The imagination is limitless. You can travel without leaving home.(less)
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SUMMONING THE GENIE

I wrote this blog a few months ago, but forgot to share. I was polishing an old, brass doorstop -- a nutcracker, actually -- shaped like a dog. It belonged to my mother's father, who I never met. The more I polished (and wiped away layers of patina), the more I remembered my early life. I marveled how a simple object such as this -- and a mundane task -- was a treasure of story Read more of this blog post »
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