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#2 Turn Off Your Writing Brain When You Are With Other People             I talk to myself when I’m in my writing brain. Not in a crazy way (I hope) but more in a directional way.             “Okay, Jo,” I say as I stare at the latest draft of a manuscript on my computer, “its Kristallnacht, Vienna, Austria, 1938. Seven-year-old Liana runs to her room to...

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I read the other day that people who enjoy looking at works of art often have feelings equal to that of falling in love. It’s the endorphins that radiate, those peptide hormones that make us feel high as if we have ingested opiates. This explains why I write about the Italian Renaissance and its myriad of artists, writers and scholars—Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, da Vinci, Dante—why I am infatuated by a period of time that occurred over 500 years ago, and why I am in love with t...

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#1 Make Your Home an Island of Tranquility in a Sea of Chaos             The protagonist of your story is running full-out, arms swinging by his sides, legs moving so quickly he stumbles, hits the ground and scrapes the palms of his hands and his knees. He jumps up and takes off again. He is escaping the demon you created on the page—a serial killer, a zombie, his mother-in-law? Whatever he is running from, whatever the danger, he kno...

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Dear Peter,  You asked me to share my experiences with you about my chemotherapy. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on November 13, 2005. The protocol was 6 sessions total with 1 session every three weeks. My first session was in the middle of December. I went to my first session feeling apprehension and relief. Apprehension for the unknown--I had heard all about the horrible side effects of chemo--and relief because this drug that was going to be dripped into my system was also going t...

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Edgar Allen Poe. Harper Lee. John Grisham. Scott Turow. Joanne Lewis? What right do I have to be included in this list of well-known authors/attorneys who have made the best seller’s list? So many lawyers complain about their day jobs and rightfully so. Being a lawyer is a thankless job in many respects. We have bad reputations that some deserve and most don’t, we try but do not always live up to our client’s expectations, and we are deemed the bad guys when we have to ask to ...

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