Posted on August 25, 2016 by betsylerner
Do you like being alone? Being alone with your work? Alone in your head. Do you like going to movies alone? Diners? Walking alone? Traveling by yourself. Are you alone when you’re at a party? Making small talk? Do you write when you can’t write. In your head, on the ceiling, the roof of your mouth?
Do you crave solitude?
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Posted on August 24, 2016 by betsylerner
Real breakthroughs. Bread slicing machine dividing a loaf of rye in perfectly sized slices, a wall of dominoes falling like soldiers, sinking a golf ball in a cup, watching it circle the cup, thwap, thwap, plunk. It’s when you write ten pages, your back howling, your carpals tunneling, time dissolving like the closing shot of a corny movie. You are genius. Every moment is yours, every word that climbs onto your page, that lingers, stays. This is your time. Look both ways before your cross the street.
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Posted on August 22, 2016 by betsylerner
Today I want to talk about fake breakthroughs. A fake breakthrough comes when you are writing and you are seized with the sudden belief that putting your novel in the present tense will fix EVERYTHING. Or when you turn your main character into an animal spirit. It’s when you start ripping everything apart because you’re sure you know how to fix it. It’s when you think you deserve a cigarette. When you pat yourself on the back. Or tell someone you think you had a breakthrough.
Tell us about a breakthrough, real or imagined.
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Posted on August 21, 2016 by betsylerner
I had a reading over the weekend at a local Barnes & Noble. It was a Saturday morning and I figured I’d be lucky if two or three people showed. There were seven or eight, plus me, my mom, and one other Bridge lady. We just sat around and talked about mothers and daughters, and assisted living options in the area.
Do you go to readings? What are you looking for?
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Posted on August 18, 2016 by betsylerner
How is everyone? I missed you. I‘ve been on vacation. I read a history of the founding fathers and My Brilliant Friend, which a million people told me I HAD to read. Whenever lots of people tell me I have to read something or see a movie, I develop an immediate aversion to it. THis has been going on for some time. In the fifth grade, everyone said I would love the history teacher because he was so “cool.” I hated him. I know it’s perverse, as if I’m so unknowable and unpredictable. I loved the novel.
What do you recommend?
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Posted on August 4, 2016 by betsylerner
I’m going on vacation for a week. This is the first vacation in a long time when I won’t be working on the book. Not complaining. I was happy to give every ounce of time to working on The Bridge Ladies. The truth is I’m not that good at enjoying myself or relaxing. Having a project is like having an imaginary friend. At least that’s how I feel.
Do you have an imaginary friend?
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Posted on August 3, 2016 by betsylerner
Do you suffer from depression? Low-grade? Clinical? Bi-polar? Mood-swings? Anxiety? Mixed-state? Are you agitated, angry, paranoid, hostile, passive-aggressive? Do you alienate friends and family, are you bitter, resentful, full of schadenfreude? Do your turn on people who try to help you? TUrn on yourself? Is there a voice or many in your head, a drum, a thrum, a constant stream of nasty as fuck comments?
Are you a writer?
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