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Megan Chance is the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of several novels. Booklist calls her writing “Provocative and haunting.” Her books have been chosen by Amazon's Book of the Month, Borders Original Voices and IndieNext. A former television news photographer with a BA from Western Washington University, Megan Chance lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Visit her at www.meganchance.com
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Megan Chance It is very very easy to get discouraged in this business, given how 1) personal it feels and 2) how subjective it is. But those are also the two thing…moreIt is very very easy to get discouraged in this business, given how 1) personal it feels and 2) how subjective it is. But those are also the two things you ALWAYS have going for you. Not everyone will like a book--that's just the way it is, but it helps to remember that it only takes one editor or one agent to love your book and get it on the shelves. Only ONE. Also, it may help to remember that your voice is unique. If you give 20 people the same idea, not a one of them will write it the same way. You need to stop thinking of the big numbers and start thinking of the small ones--You, and you alone, know what you have to say to the world, and you are the ONLY one who can say it. What happens to the 96% doesn't matter. Think of the 4% who do make it. There's no reason you can't be one of them. The deal is this: this is a hard business, and it may mean that you have to write several manuscripts before one sells. You'll get better each time; you'll develop as a writer. It's all part of the process. It took me six manuscripts--it was the seventh that sold. I know others who sold their first one, but that's rare. For the most part, those who succeed are those who persevere. You are your only competition--if you write the book that you want to read, there's a good chance others will too. You don't have to come up with a fresh idea, you only have to come up with YOUR idea. As John Jakes said, originality doesn't consist of saying something new, it consists of saying what you have to say. Hope this helps, and good luck!(less)
Megan Chance If I waiting for inspiration, I would never get anything done. Some days I'm inspired, and other days I'm not, and I promise you that no one can tell …moreIf I waiting for inspiration, I would never get anything done. Some days I'm inspired, and other days I'm not, and I promise you that no one can tell the difference in the writing. You make your own inspiration by sitting down and doing it. It's this simple: I write at least 6 days a week. I don't stop until I have five pages. Some days, that's all I get. But I learned a long time ago that I never hit "flow" or "inspiration" until I hit page five. If I can get five pages, I can get ten. But I'll never hit that flow until I get through the hell of those five--and there are days when it feels like that is impossible. That's how I get inspired to write. I write.(less)
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This Saturday I participated in one of my favorite events, Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network's(BARN) annual It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. Six authors, including me, Kevin O'Brien, Warren Read, Lynn Brunelle, Maureen McQuerry, and Erica Bauermeister, read short original works set to the theme of spookiness. There was a band, hors d'oeuvres, wine, Dark and Stormy cocktails, costumes, and lots of Read more of this blog post »
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“You learned to run from what you feel, and that's why you have nightmares. To deny is to invite madness. To accept is to control.”
Megan Chance, The Spiritualist

“Calling it lunacy makes it easier to explain away the things we don't understand.”
Megan Chance, The Spiritualist

“Imagine you come upon a house painted brown. What color would you say the house was?"
"Why brown, of course."
"But what if I came upon it from the other side, and found it to be white?"
"That would be absurd. Who would paint a house two colors?"
He ignored my question. "You say it's brown, and I say it's white. Who's right?"
"We're both right."
"Non," he said. "We're both wrong. The house isn't brown or white. It's both. You and I only see one side. But that doesn't mean the other side doesn't exist. To not see the whole is to not see the truth.”
Megan Chance, The Spiritualist

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