Jim Arnold

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Jim is the author of the award-winning novels Benediction (2009). The Forest Dark (2013), Kept (2016), and the new novel Benefits (2019).

Additionally, Jim is the author of the feature screenplays Me and Mamie O’Rourke (finalist and Honorable Mention winner, One in Ten Screenplay Contest, 2007), Lovelines (second round finalist, Austin Film Festival 2005), The Lourdes Kelly Story, and Kept (finalist and Honorable Mention Winner, One in Ten Screenplay Contest, 2008).

For television, he has written the original hour-drama series and pilot Troll Palace (finalist, pilot category, Exposurama Contest, 2009).

Jim also directed the critically-acclaimed documentary short Our Brothers, Our Sons, about generational differences around HIV/AIDS in gay men,
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Jim Arnold I don't get writer's block often. A trick I learned from a former teacher was this--if you know where you want to end up, with a story (and I usually…moreI don't get writer's block often. A trick I learned from a former teacher was this--if you know where you want to end up, with a story (and I usually do), I can work my way back from the end to where I'm starting by listing any and all things that I know will be going there - say, a location, a snippet of dialogue, a plot point, a prop. It doesn't have to be everything, I know from experience my imagination will eventually always fill things in. If absolutely nothing is coming into my head, I usually do something aerobic - a walk, hike, a yoga class, something like that. Invariably during exercise I'll get some kind of inspiration. I also believe that as a professional writer, you make a commitment to show up for the page - whether that's for a half hour Monday through Friday or four hours in the middle of the night. Even if you just sit there and type nothing at all, the habit you make will encourage the muse. (less)
Jim Arnold I think that it's the satisfaction that comes from being able to scratch a creative urge. Unlike some of the other arts, which require instruments,…moreI think that it's the satisfaction that comes from being able to scratch a creative urge. Unlike some of the other arts, which require instruments, canvas and paints, a stage, camera or whatever it might be, all you really need to write is a paper and pen or pencil and you can do it almost anywhere at anytime of day or night. I'm grateful that I get a huge sense of accomplishment from my writing. (less)
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Kept

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Well I wrote the book, so of course, I love it. I wanted to post the back cover blurb here since there is no image of the back cover in the Goodreads listing:

“Benefits is, underneath it all, a story about family—not exactly a nuclear family, not even
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Allen Ginsberg
“I really would like to stop working forever–never work again, never do anything like the kind of work I’m doing now–and do nothing but write poetry and have leisure to spend the day outdoors and go to museums and see friends. And I’d like to keep living with someone — maybe even a man — and explore relationships that way. And cultivate my perceptions, cultivate the visionary thing in me. Just a literary and quiet city-hermit existence.”
Allen Ginsberg

Raymond Carver
Late Fragment

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.”
Raymond Carver, A New Path to the Waterfall

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