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T. L. Cooper started reading as a child and never stopped. She enjoyed reading so much she began weaving storytelling and social justice at a very young age when she attempted to save a groundhog’s life by creating an adventurous and full life for him in her stories while sitting on her grandpa’s knees.

Inspired in part by the stories she read, she wrote stories casting her classmates and herself as heroes and villains.

By the time she started college at Eastern Kentucky University she’d developed a keen interest in human behavior and motivation, so she studied Corrections and Juvenile Services and Psychology. Her written work continued to explore human interaction and motivation though her reading focused more on the academic during this ti
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T.L. Cooper I believe writer's block is simply a writer's mind telling the writer something isn't working for one reason or another. It can be wording that…moreI believe writer's block is simply a writer's mind telling the writer something isn't working for one reason or another. It can be wording that doesn't work, an emotion one doesn't want to face, or a lack of knowledge about a particular topic. For example, several years ago I was having what I thought was terrible writer's block. The words fought me every step of the way. I stepped back and looked at what I was writing. I was trying to write a scene where my characters were playing golf only I didn't know enough about golf to write it. I signed up for golf classes. After I took the classes, the scene wrote itself, and I discovered I truly enjoy playing golf! Win-win!
So I try not to think in terms of writer's block but instead of what isn't working about what I'm trying to write. If the wording just isn't there, I take a break and come back to it with fresh eyes. If it's an emotional avoidance issue, I try to push forward and get it out allowing the emotions to rise as they do. I've been known to sit at my desk and cry it out before proceeding. This kind of writing tends to become melodramatic, but that's what editing is for. If it's a lack of knowledge, I tackle the research and work on other writing projects that don't require that particular knowledge to write.
People often ask me why I tend to have more than one project in the works, and it's because it helps me to avoid writer's block. When one project stalls for any of the above mentioned reasons, I can turn my attention to the other one. I've also found that when I'm working on two projects that are quite different from one another, it improves my focus on both leading to less writer's block. The downside to this approach is that it sometimes leads to delays with one or both projects that might not otherwise happen.
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T.L. Cooper The best thing about being a writer... "Best" feels like pressure... There are so many things I love about being a writer, I find it hard to pick a…moreThe best thing about being a writer... "Best" feels like pressure... There are so many things I love about being a writer, I find it hard to pick a "best" thing. I love the freedom to express myself with words. I love it when those words touch someone else. I'm always so touched when someone tells me my words helped them during a difficult situation. I love creating worlds and conveying emotions through words. I love the way words have the power to come together to bring us together.(less)
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message 3: by Tom

Tom Blubaugh Hi T.L.,

Thanks for joining my circle of friends.

Blessings,

Tom


message 2: by T.L.

T.L. Cooper Hi Beth, Thanks for accepting! :) The stars were well earned!


message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi T.L.,
Thanks for befriending me here, too, and for giving my books 4 stars!


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