Carolyn E. Cook

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In first grade, I learned to put pencil to paper, found a ready outlet for my imagination, and began to write stories. By the time I reached high school, I’d filled a stack of notebooks. This pursuit continued down through the years and eventually, I decided to take my love of writing and wordsmithing to a new level. Borrowing money from a friend, I invested in an introductory, creative writing class at Southern Methodist University, then went on to classes in short stories and novels.

Since the classes were expensive, I and some of my fellow students decided to skip taking more and started our own writers’ group. The arrangement was, prior to each gathering, we would email our most recent pages to each other, print, read, and make comments
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Carolyn E. Cook I don't usually feel stuck like that. My goal is to write at least one or two pages every day, more if I'm on a roll. I always play great mood music,…moreI don't usually feel stuck like that. My goal is to write at least one or two pages every day, more if I'm on a roll. I always play great mood music, classical or movie soundtracks, and I just start typing. Once I have a sentence down, words begin to flow and I'm set.(less)
Carolyn E. Cook Addressing the creative urge and allowing myself to become a character, or all the characters, in a story that speaks to me. Inhabiting someone else's…moreAddressing the creative urge and allowing myself to become a character, or all the characters, in a story that speaks to me. Inhabiting someone else's skin and live in a different time (as all my stories are historical) is a wonderful place to be.(less)
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The Story Behind the Story, Part Three

The reports of the new potato crop are very unfavorable. All letters and sources of information declare disease to be more prevalent this year than last in the early crop.
Randolph Routh, July, 1846

During the years of The Great Famine and its aftermath, 1846-1854, over a million people emigrated from Ireland. My great-great grandparents and their seven children were among those hardy souls who b... Read more of this blog post »
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