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Ellen Plotkin Mulholland
Everyone can write. Everyone can run.
It's true. However (yeah, you know where I'm going), just as not anyone can run a marathon, not everyone has a gift to write clear, lyrical prose that entertains and engages readers. That's why you need to treat writing just as you would any other sport.
You need to get up each day and practice. And just as with running, you will need to warm up, stretch and find inspiration. A running partner can help, too.
I have a friend who runs. She runs every day. She runs because it makes her happy, keeps her healthy and because it feels good. Whenever she can, she enters a mini marathon or fundraiser run. When I asked her why she does it, she said, "It's fun, and it makes me a better runner." When she runs these races, she runs to win. She doesn't train extra for them, but she makes sure she's prepared to go the distance.
Such is true for writing. You need to make writing a routine, and you need occasional "races" that are fun to be part of and make you a better writer. Go ahead, challenge yourself.
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Who is Ellen?
Author, teacher, mom, reader, lover of nature and all things unknown. Please take time to peruse this site and get to know my YA books (THIS GIRL CLIMBS TREES and BIRDS ON A WIRE), my thoughts on writing, and my advice to young writers. Watch This Girl's book trailer here.
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Enter July's writing contest: Keeping Secrets.
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