Lida JamesI read or I edit or I write something different. If I'm in the middle of a draft, I can always spend a few hours editing if I don't feel like I have n…moreI read or I edit or I write something different. If I'm in the middle of a draft, I can always spend a few hours editing if I don't feel like I have new material in me that day. Between projects it's harder. Sometimes I sign up for an on line writing class. I took Creative Non-Fiction at UCLA and I take screenwriting classes at Writers Bootcamp -- that keeps me writing all the time even if it's a different genre and I like the deadlines and the feedback that provides. I wrote a blog for a while and I write for some online sites, travel reviews and a local news site -- just to keep writing. When I was in middle school I was told that Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorites at the time, began every day by writing what he ate for breakfast. That helps. And that Earnest Hemmingway, another favorite, always ended his writing work day in the middle of a sentence or a paragraph so he had somewhere to begin the next day. When I'm writing a draft I do that all the time. (less)
Lida JamesI love to write. I always have. I love getting carried away in the lives of the characters. I love getting my thoughts on the page -- they are less ju…moreI love to write. I always have. I love getting carried away in the lives of the characters. I love getting my thoughts on the page -- they are less jumbled there. But mostly, I really love sitting down and writing. When I was a kid I carried a notebook with me -- I did that until I was 24 years old. I still have all of them. I used to write on the subway or when I was early for class or whenever I was bored, descriptions of the light on the East River, the hiss of the wheels on the track, the wonderful conversations going on all around me. It kept me company. (less)
For me, recovering from my eating disorder was like trying to find a way out of a maze of shifting walls with a broken compass.
When I started writing BEAUTIFUL GIRL, I wanted to write about the year after I had “recovered” from bulimia. Because I hadn’t really recovered, even though I had stopped throwing up. After only two months of treatment, I went back to college for my sophomore year, to ex-
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