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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Getting Started

I have to say that when I started Living Lies I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My background is in marketing not creative writing and maybe that was a good thing. I worked in banking for years – after having tested many other career options – and had always figured I'd go back after my twins were born. But when I got to that moment other factors had come into play and the decision to stay home was easy. When the girls were two I needed to do something! I was losing a part of who I am and I couldn't figure out a way to have it all. So, I picked up a pad of paper, a pencil and went on weekends to a fast food restaurant to sit and write. Thinking about Melanie and her life during the weekdays and writing it down on weekends – it became my escape from laundry, dishes and the constant needs of little ones. It was slow going but I learned a lot about writing and about Melanie. Not time wasted but time spent on character development – it's sort of a joke to make myself feel better.

Whatever time you have to give to writing - do it.

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