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Lily Java

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February 19

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Lily is a freelance writer, blogger, and novelist who writes fiction in numerous genres. When she isn't writing, Lily raises money for arts and cultural organizations or plans special events in iconic landmarks throughout her beloved hometown: New York City. A resident of Brooklyn, Lily is a true ambivert, who enjoys solitude just as much as she likes meeting and talking with other passionate readers and writers.

"I think every story is a love story of some kind. The whys and wherefores are usually as interesting as who or what you love, but you only know that if you delve deep. So in life, in love, and most definitely on the page, that's how I like to do it." --Lily
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Lily Java I try to write something every day even if it's just my journal/morning pages. My writing patterns took a few years and a few published books to actua…moreI try to write something every day even if it's just my journal/morning pages. My writing patterns took a few years and a few published books to actually become a routine. I flailed around for a while before I figured out what works for me. Some writers subscribe to the idea that even getting a sentence on paper is better than nothing. I tend to agree with that theory. After all, a lot of writing is all in your head isn't it? Starting anywhere helps. I rise early for my day job, so my fiction writing is best served in the late afternoons, evenings, and all day on the weekends. If I'm not feeling pressured by any self-imposed deadline, I go for a 1500 word count per session, which can take up to a couple of hours if I don't know exactly where I'm going with the story yet. When I can see the end of the project in my mind, I start writing whenever/wherever I get the urge even on my iPhone on my Scrivener app before I shower or on the way to work in the morning. My laptop is usually with me so if things are flowing after work 3-4 nights a week I'll go to my writing studio cave and toll away for 3-5 hours. The main thing I've learned is not to push myself for the sake of pushing. Then, between projects, I take some time, two weeks to a month, to reset for the next go round.(less)
Lily Java I don't want to seem maudlin but I'm going with my first thought to answer this. Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It w…moreI don't want to seem maudlin but I'm going with my first thought to answer this. Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It was one of the first romances I ever read. Maybe it's those romantic Yorkshire moors but it still sticks with me many decades later as one of the most passionate love stories ever written about two people. Emily passed away not long after writing this masterpiece but I bet she imagined how it would blow away the repressive Victorians who read it first. The fact that it's not a conventional HEA in some ways makes it even more romantic to me. Catherine and Heathcliff are sexy and their love is deep, so deep it survives jealousy, classism, revenge, brutality and really bad timing. Throughout it all they are both so real to me with all the natural strengths and frailties that go along with the human condition. They make me wish love was easy and reminds me, it rarely is. Love them.(less)
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My late husband didn’t like cars so even though we traveled extensively, we never drove anywhere. I learned how to drive and probably could have made more of an effort to, but I had at least two good reasons for not doing it. One, I live in New York City where you honest to goodness don’t need a car. I mean like, at all. Two, if I had a car, I might just disappear.





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Zora Neale Hurston
“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”
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“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”
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Joan Didion
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live...We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the "ideas" with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.”
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Zora Neale Hurston
“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.”
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“I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”
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