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Anne Sibley O'Brien

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Anne Sibley O'Brien I have certainly endured that frustrating, agonizing experience of feeling completely stuck, empty of words and ideas. But I now no longer believe in…moreI have certainly endured that frustrating, agonizing experience of feeling completely stuck, empty of words and ideas. But I now no longer believe in writer's block; I recognize it as a manifestation of fear and giving too much power to my inner critic. I've been helped by the guidance of other writers; I highly recommend Kenneth Atchity's A WRITER'S TIME and Anne Lamott's BIRD BY BIRD, with her counsel to write "shitty first drafts." I've accumulated a bag of tricks for silencing the editor while getting a project started.

When I participated in National Novel Writing Month in 2008, I discovered that if you actually commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days - that's 1667 words/day - you can do it. It turns out the mind can be endlessly inventive if you simply decide that not writing that many words is not an option. (6 and 1/2 years and 12 drafts later, the novel I wrote, a young adult political escape thriller, sold to Cheryl Klein at Arthur Levine/Scholastic and will be published in January 2017.)

When I get stuck, I use free writing to move through it, sometimes writing about the perceived obstacle, how blank my mind is, what I wish I could write - anything that will get words on the paper and keeps things flowing. Or I might take a walk or wash the dishes, to give my mind some space to do its magic.

As author Suzanne Chazin has said, "Writers block is just your desire to write a final draft on the first draft... It’s simply not possible." (less)
Anne Sibley O'Brien That’s a really good question, Jacqueline. I don’t have an easy answer. I think of it as a concept book. The characters and their story lines are…moreThat’s a really good question, Jacqueline. I don’t have an easy answer. I think of it as a concept book. The characters and their story lines are fictional but in service of a larger idea: what it feels like to be a recent immigrant or refugee. It could be classified either as fiction or narrative nonfiction.

Annette Bay Pimentel classifies it as expository nonfiction, which I think fits it well. http://www.annettebaypimentel.com/exp...

And Anastasia Suen identifies *three* genres: http://asuen.com/im-new-here/

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