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Arik Bjorn

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Arik Bjorn is a novelist, screenwriter and essayist, but most of all, a dedicated father. He enjoys French silk pie as well as a quality shot of bourbon. His writing explores such themes as the Problem of Pain and building Civilization (or at least humanity's efforts to-date).

He was the 2016 Democratic Party / Green Party fusion U.S. Congressional candidate for South Carolina's 2nd District.

Bjorn's writing has been featured on Forward Progressives and Patheos. His work has been read by lots of folks in 190 countries.

He holds degrees in archaeology/ancient languages and library science. He loves snow and hippos and enjoys retelling the story of how he was once shat upon by pigeons during Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and thereaf
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Arik Bjorn Truth be told, I have never experienced writer's block. But I do not begin a work (fiction or non-fiction) until the first sentence "appears to me."

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Truth be told, I have never experienced writer's block. But I do not begin a work (fiction or non-fiction) until the first sentence "appears to me."

First sentences usually show up while I'm walking or driving--I rarely listen to the radio or stereo while doing either. I'll begin thinking through an upcoming article or story, and sooner or later that magical first sentence appears. From there, the ball rolls.

If I did experience writer's block, I would probably buy a bottle of cheap red wine to seek "unblockage."(less)
Arik Bjorn One of the more pleasurable things is the reaction I receive from new acquaintances when they're informed of what I do. People seem to consider…moreOne of the more pleasurable things is the reaction I receive from new acquaintances when they're informed of what I do. People seem to consider writers ("real" writers) as exotic as astronauts and magicians:

Person: So what do you do?

Me: I'm a writer.

Person: Serious?! Like a REAL writer?!

Me: Oh no. Ha-ha! Had you there for a second. I'm one of those fake writers. Books really just grow on trees, of course.(less)
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They do what they do because they are wounded and broken and bleeding and overwhelmed with pain and misery—and for some reason, you’re the one person upon whom they feel safe dumping all that suffering. The bile of hate splatters all over you; it burns like acid. Yet with enough reflection, through enough prayer, by God tenderly shoving your nostrils into the ick to force you to understand...

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