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I haven't been R Dean Johnson my whole life. My parents named me Robert Dean Johnson, Jr. They called me Bobby. Everyone did until high school when I graduated to Bob. It felt mature, so I went with it. Who doesn't like a guy named Bob Johnson? It's a fine name up until the point you think you might want to be a writer.

I didn't know I'd want to become a writer. In fact, I started college at Cal Poly Pomona as an engineering major who wrote stories rather than doing his physics homework, graduated as a business major who wrote really plot-heavy stories about people who didn't like their jobs as business people, and left an ad agency job in Irvine, CA after four years to go back to school and learn more about writing stories. Good ones.

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R. Dean Johnson Reading always helps. And, I find writing personal essays a great way to deal with writer's block because you already know the plot, setting, and…moreReading always helps. And, I find writing personal essays a great way to deal with writer's block because you already know the plot, setting, and characters. So, you tell a story you already know but, just like writing good fiction, you try to tell that story in an engaging way--voice, imagery, structure, and so on. Sometimes the essays amount to little in terms of publishing, but they keep my writing skills sharp and I regain momentum in my fiction writing. Quite often, I regain the momentum and have a publishable essay on my hands. (less)
R. Dean Johnson You get to write stories you would like to read. When those stories are good enough--as in an editor publishing the work--you get to then share those…moreYou get to write stories you would like to read. When those stories are good enough--as in an editor publishing the work--you get to then share those stories and see how people react. It's really edifying when an audience laughs at the part you meant to be funny when you were alone at your desk writing that scene, or when someone posts a response to your writing online to say how a story or essay affected them. (less)
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A Free Chapbook for Your Thoughts.

So I have this chapbook, Something L.A., and I’d love to see it actually get a review or [image error]ten on GoodReads. (Yes, I’m giving away at least 10). If you’re up for a true, funny story about a modeling agency party in Hollywood that also features two famous people making cameos (no spoilers, but one’s an actor and one’s a musician), and you wouldn’t mind writing a short review (like, 2-...

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“I want to believe him. I know stuff happens to people and they can't always be who they were or who they think they're supposed to be. But knowing that doesn't mean I'm okay with it. It's more like what Mr. Krueger says about black holes: We can't wish them away, so we'd better learn as much as we can about where they are and how they work so we don't get sucked in.”
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“I want to believe him. I know stuff happens to people and they can't always be who they were or who they think they're supposed to be. But knowing that doesn't mean I'm okay with it. It's more like what Mr. Krueger says about black holes: We can't wish them away, so we'd better learn as much as we can about where they are and how they work so we don't get sucked in.”
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