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Writing Is Hard Work

The underground passages of Znojmo

As writers we all have written those passages that leap out of our minds and onto the page without much effort.  When this happens, there is a thrill that is unmatched by anything we could do or say.  Sometimes we write passages that seem for us to be easily penned, but most of the time, I find that certain types of passages or character narratives cause me scratch my head with my pen…or type random words on the keyboard.  Some passages are simply outside of our experience.  How do we write these passages well and what process could we use to write them well?

I recently wrote the following chapter which occurs somewhere toward the beginning of my first novel, and after finishing it I wondered how in the world I was able to do it.  First of all, it is from the perspective of a 32 year old woman…

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