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Marita Golden’s E-Newsletter – February 2011

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

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Finding Time to Write!

The voice on the phone was tinged with desperation and confusion. The question was sincere and very simple: how do I get back my “flow” how do I regain the ability to write regularly and with power? The writer had attended a weeklong writing workshop where her novel was praised as compelling and skillful. Buoyed by the response to her writing she returned home but found that within a few weeks she had “lost” the ability to keep writing, that the inspiration that had carried her through the uncharted waters of the first 100 pages was now gone, faded, a distant memory she could no longer conjure or even remember.  Her 9-5 and the demands of her life as wife and mother now seemed to have colonized all the time she once had used to write. The story was in her heart, filled her mind, but suddenly she just wasn’t’ “feeling” the story and now couldn’t find the time to write and felt guilty and depressed.

Frustrated

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Winner – Devin D. Moss

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Devin D. Moss of New York, NY was a winner of the essay contest “The Book That Changed My Life.” Below is the winning essay on What Becomes of the Borkenhearted by E. Lynn Harris:

I often find myself thanking the late E. Lynn Harris for his What Becomes of the Brokenhearted because of the raw honesty and desire he expressed in his life as a gay man. As a gay youth who had to deal with bullies, defeat, and feelings of longing to be loved, this book gave me the strength to believe in my self worth as a son, brother, student, citizen, activist, leader, and the other hats I will wear in my existence. It took me about two years to read the entire book as I was a student and often focused on reading books for school. However, the most interesting thing was that no matter when I picked up the book to continue reading, the chapters I would read applied to my current situation. It was as if we had shared life experiences and he was telling our story and giving me advice about the next step in my life.

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