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Sarah Rose

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Sarah Rose is a journalist and author of D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis and Helped Win World War II, and the critically acclaimed For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History.

She was a news columnist at the Wall Street Journal, and her features have appeared in Outside, Departures, The New York Post, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appetit, The Saturday Evening Post, and Men’s Journal.

Sarah is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Chicago.

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Sarah Rose I'm going to tell you what Richard Ford told me when I was 19 and in his class and I asked him the same question: Marry someone who is willing to supp…moreI'm going to tell you what Richard Ford told me when I was 19 and in his class and I asked him the same question: Marry someone who is willing to support you.

I did not do this.

So insert all the handwaving feminist responses here. We shouldn't be dependent, etc etc. I agree!

But...

Richard is one of our greatest living writers and he did it because Kristina believed in him. She got a job, he stayed home and wrote beautiful books and stories and the world is forever better for it.

So the best advice is find someone who believes in you. Disaggregate writing from earning a living and live with your soulmate.

The second best advice is do not do what I did, which is enter a declining market and keep trying to earn a living as a reporter, an editor, an author, as magazines and newspapers fold and pay rates bottom out. It's all hardship, even when you're successful at it. The mental load of worrying about rent takes a bite out of your writing ability.

There is a huge upside to writing for money, and that it necessity. My landlord demands my money every month and it keeps my butt in a chair. I have to pay attention to what is selling, to what readers want. And I believe --firmly -- that we write to be read. So knowing that a book has to sell, or an article I pitch has to be bought, shapes the outcome. I always have a reader in mind.

So if you can't find your soulmate -- and so far, I can't -- always write to be read.


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Sarah Rose I'm a bit of a drill sergeant about writers block.

I set tasks and don't let myself have rewards until they're completed. These might seem like extrem…more
I'm a bit of a drill sergeant about writers block.

I set tasks and don't let myself have rewards until they're completed. These might seem like extremely light lifts at the beginning of a project, say, 300 bad words a day. But I know that if I can get 300 lousy words a day on a page, day after day, then I'll have something to work with.

Some days I can't even do that. I make myself read 50 hard pages and take notes. Those notes will be useful, ultimately. They might make it into a text when I have a problem to solve later, they might inspire some bridge or insight. As long as I keep writing something.

It's a lot easier to sculpt clay than air.

So I bargain with and belittle myself and deny myself until I've reached some arbitrary goal. As long as I do it all the time, I'll end up with a book.

At some point, writing becomes self sustaining -- but not at the beginning. The first six months to year in a manuscript are nothing but work, then something kicks in, I fall in love, and I can't wait to go to work in the morning. I don't want anything to get between me and my love object. My friends stop seeing me. My personal life suffers. But I'm in love!

So, I do whatever it takes to get to the point of escape velocity. I put in the ugly time, pull up my socks, and keep plowing. Joy is coming. That's the one thing I know in the middle of my career -- it will always come. That knowledge keeps me going through the frustrating, dark days of blockage. (less)
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“Lise was on only the first day of what would be a three-day bicycle ride over small back roads “through thick enemy formations” to the combat zone. She slept in ditches when she tired, then picked up her vélo and began traveling again to her headquarters. She was nowhere near a radio when the communiqué from General Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of Allied forces, aired for the people of Normandy: The lives of many of you depend on the speed with which you obey. Leave your towns at once—stay off the roads—go on foot and take nothing with you that is difficult to carry. Do not gather in groups which may be mistaken for enemy troops. The largest armada the world had ever known was minutes away from landing on the northern beaches of France. The hour of your liberation is approaching.”
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"D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose is honestly one of the top reads for me so far this year.

The amount of research that was required and used for this book is astronomical and its result is just stunning.

I have read a large amount of WWI and WWII nonfiction," Read more of this review »
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"D-Day Girls is an interesting look at an underexamined aspect of World War II: the role women spies, trained in England, played in organizing and coordinating resistance in France in the years leading up to the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Primarily f" Read more of this review »
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"D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose is honestly one of the top reads for me so far this year.

The amount of research that was required and used for this book is astronomical and its result is just stunning.

I have read a large amount of WWI and WWII nonfiction," Read more of this review »
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“But he [the gardener] works in a fourth dimension as well: time.”
Sarah Rose, For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

“The terraced slopes were a marvel of human muscle, a compelling demonstration of what China’s giant workforce could accomplish over generations. Even so, many from their region had left farming for trade.”
Sarah Rose, For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

“Wang’s story was a familiar one throughout China in the nineteenth century.”
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“Lise was on only the first day of what would be a three-day bicycle ride over small back roads “through thick enemy formations” to the combat zone. She slept in ditches when she tired, then picked up her vélo and began traveling again to her headquarters. She was nowhere near a radio when the communiqué from General Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of Allied forces, aired for the people of Normandy: The lives of many of you depend on the speed with which you obey. Leave your towns at once—stay off the roads—go on foot and take nothing with you that is difficult to carry. Do not gather in groups which may be mistaken for enemy troops. The largest armada the world had ever known was minutes away from landing on the northern beaches of France. The hour of your liberation is approaching.”
Sarah Rose, D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II

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