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Janice Erlbaum

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Janice Erlbaum is the author of two memoirs, GIRLBOMB: A Halfway Homeless Memoir (Villard, March ’06), and HAVE YOU FOUND HER: A Memoir (Villard, Feb. ’08), and one novel, I, LIAR (Thought Catalog Books, 2015).

Her poetry and prose have been featured in anthologies including ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, THE BUST GUIDE TO THE NEW GIRL ORDER, THE BEST AMERICAN EROTIC POEMS FROM 1800 TO THE PRESENT, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHER’S HANDBOOK: The 826 National Guide to Writing Your Memoir, and VERSES THAT HURT: Pleasure and Pain from the POEMFONE Poets.

She was a contributor to BUST magazine from 1994 through 2007. Her work has been featured in Glamour, Redbook, Marie Claire, Elle, Elle UK, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Post, The New Yor
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Janice Erlbaum Writer's block has many causes and takes many forms, so one strategy isn't going to address all of them.

Sometimes I'm blocked because I don't know…more
Writer's block has many causes and takes many forms, so one strategy isn't going to address all of them.

Sometimes I'm blocked because I don't know where to begin, so my strategy is to start in the middle -- dive in anywhere and start writing just to get the hands moving and hone the voice. I know that I probably won't use most of what I write verbatim, but it will be very useful in terms of getting me going.

Sometimes I'm stumped in the middle of a piece, and that's either because a) I'm trying to keep something in the piece that's just not working, but I love it too much to cut it (strategy: cut it), or b) there's something I don't want to mention, or some inhibition about telling this part of the story (strategy: write about why I don't want to write about it, see if that leads me to an answer).

Another strategy I employ when I'm stumped is to write an email to a friend, and tell them the story you're trying to write. "I'm writing about the time I took this cab ride with a female driver who was so much like a younger me. The reason I was in the cab in the first place..." This will almost always lead me somewhere new. Most of these emails don't get sent, but some do. My friends are used to it.

Sometimes I'm stumped because I don't have anything to write about. This is an excellent time to read a book. (less)
Janice Erlbaum Being a writer is the best thing, period. But to narrow it down a little: I love it when someone tells me something specific that they liked in a…moreBeing a writer is the best thing, period. But to narrow it down a little: I love it when someone tells me something specific that they liked in a piece of mine. I love it when someone quotes a line to me. It's embarrassing how much I love it. I try to be casual, like, "Oh, thanks so much," but really I want to jump into the person's arms and cling to them like a starfish forever.(less)
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Anthony I just read Girlbomb and just wanted to thank you for writing such a great book. Cheers!


Michele JUst stopped by to say hi and have a great day!
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Tony Hi Janice,

Thanks for the add. I love biographies as I see you do too. What's your favorite. I'm always looking for another good read.

Take care,

Tony


Daniel
Hey Janice, I've added Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir, Have You Found Her: A Memoir and your other book The Runaway to my to-read list.


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