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Rob J. Quinn

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Rob J. Quinn is the author of The Birth of Super Crip and I’m Not Here to Inspire You: Essays on disability from a regular guy living with cerebral palsy. He started as a freelance writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer Sports section, and wrote several articles on the disability community in the local section of the paper. He moved on to eventually work full-time for a leading children’s book publisher, and wrote a title for the publisher on a freelance basis. Quinn spent two years working for a non-profit, which worked to assist people with disabilities purchase the assistive technology they need to live more independently. He has also published several articles on the Huffington Post.

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Rob J. Quinn I don’t have a great answer for getting out of “writer’s block,” but I try to avoid it with a couple techniques. I have to credit Rachel Simon, with…moreI don’t have a great answer for getting out of “writer’s block,” but I try to avoid it with a couple techniques. I have to credit Rachel Simon, with whom I was fortunate enough to have a couple of tutoring sessions years ago, with the first. She suggested stopping for the day before running out of ideas to be able to get started right away (or at least much more quickly) the next day. Obviously, there’s a bit of a balance in doing that—you wouldn’t want to stop when you’re on a roll—but the tip has been helpful. Another technique I use, which might be an offshoot of the first, is to write notes on what I’m thinking in the middle of a good run of writing. As a writer with a physical disability, my typing speed can be a little slow. My mind can get way ahead of my typing. So at times I’ll just space down several lines in Word and leave a note about where I want to go with the scene I’m working on. It might also be a line of dialogue or a specific line of the narrative that I know is five, ten, lines away. This helps trigger the rest of what I was thinking.(less)
Rob J. Quinn Writing that first draft of a story that I’ve fallen in love with and keeps me busy for months . . . before I have to deal with showing it to people I…moreWriting that first draft of a story that I’ve fallen in love with and keeps me busy for months . . . before I have to deal with showing it to people I respect (or even to evaluate it myself) to see if I have something worthwhile. That escape from reality, the feeling that you’re creating something (or at least think you are!) is the joy of writing. Without it, I’d never even think about trying to write.(less)
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I'm Not Here to Inspire You...

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The Birth of Super Crip

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It’s the time of year when radio stations will be cranking out the best songs of the year. At least that’s what they used to do when I was still listening to Top 40 stations. I was thinking I’d take a cue from them, and post a few links to what I think were my best posts of the year. But the more I thought about it, I decided to add a list of what I think are my best posts from the blog since I...
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I’m not a big fan of sports books. That might sound strange if you know me, as I love sports. But it just rarely works for me to read about sports in book form for whatever reason. Yet, my brother bought me The Ones Who Hit the Hardest after I gave i ...more
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When I came across Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor, I decided to give it a shot. The book wasn’t that long, and O’Reilly talks about politics on his show of the same name. I thought maybe I’d get some insight on how things work in Washington, D.C ...more
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The Beach House by James Patterson
The Beach House
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I committed the sin of judging a book by its cover—or at least picking a book to read by its cover. The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge looked like it might offer a little taste of being at the shore inside one of his typical “thril ...more
Rob added a status update: I have made my novella, The Birth of Super Crip, available for FREE on SmashWords through Memorial Day. I really just want people to read the novella, so I'm making it as easy as possible. Kickoff your summer reading with a free book! Click here - http://bit.ly/1Hd5uQP - to get The Birth of Super Crip for free.
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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This was absolutely great. I read this as quickly as I've read anything of this length. The shock of what was going on, which was incredibly original (at least in terms of anything I've read), would not let me stop reading.
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11/22/63 by Stephen King
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read in January, 2014
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Normally, I wouldn't even consider a book this long--I'm just not a very diligent reader, especially if the book doesn't "grab" me right away, and I typically wouldn't make it through something of this length. But my mom read it and kept telling me a ...more
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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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Maybe nothing could have measured up to the original Hunger Games, but I didn't quite fly through this one as quickly as I read the first one. It's still worth reading.
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