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Hi my name is Sasha this is my first experience writing  any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated.how do i revive a stalled project?  where do i get ideas?  what if friends and family discourage me?

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Dear Sasha,
Thank you for your questions. At my site I have posted several articles you might find helpful: http://steamboats.com/writing.html
There's an article on breaking writer's block to answer your question about a stalled project. To look for ideas, you need to be in touch with the pulse of society. Read newspapers, watch popular movies, and read best selling books. That will patch you into what's selling and what people are reading. Also, read classical books of the culture. If you're American, study American literature. That will show you what has come before. You would be amazed how great some old books are.
re. friends and family. They may worry that you will never make a lot of money if you go into writing as a full time career. They may even worry that you're wasting your time writing - even if you have a good job! Last night I met a woman who is a full time high school teacher. In her spare time she is writing a book, but she said her husband constantly criticizes her and puts her down for "wasting her time" on the book. So, sometimes there's nothing you can do about your family and friends. Just tell them it's a hobby and that you are looking at it realistically. In my case, I was "writing a book" for ten years. It sure changed their tune when I got it published. It didn't earn much money, but at least I can write in peace now. He he. Just ignore the critics.
After you look over the materials at my web site, feel free to write back if you want to discuss further.
Sincerely,
Nori

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Nori J. Muster

Expertise

Writing and publishing books, including e-books.

Experience

I have been writing for publication since 1981, including years as a staff writer, associate editor, editorial writer, and freelance reporter. At this time, I have eight Kindle books for sale at Amazon.com.

Organizations
Lakes of Tempe Authors, Tempe, Arizona

Publications
Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World
Cult Recovery Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life
Child of the Cult
Learning to Flow with the Tao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching
Positive Quotations: Wisdom from the Master Mind
Collected Writings: Five Books by Nori Muster
Noriland Art Gallery: Secrets from the Vault
Spiritual Summer and Other Short Stories


Education/Credentials
UCLA Extension Writer's Program, 1988 - 1994
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University, 1991

Awards and Honors
Interviews:
USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith, BBC Sunday Programme, Salon.com, Glamour Magazine, Portland Mercury News, W-Five TV (Toronto), Publisher's Weekly, Boston Phoenix, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC TV News - 20/20, ABC radio, Associated Press, The Age (Melbourne), Rediff.com, The New York Times, Religious News Service, Dallas Morning News, Columbia Journalism School, Whole Life Times (Los Angeles), Toronto Sun, the John Dayle Show (KFYI AM, Phoenix), the Eliot Stein Show (syndicated radio and Internet broadcast), Discovery with Josh Wagner (KKUP, 91.5 FM, Santa Clara, California), KOGO (News Radio 600, San Diego), Jupiterís Girl syndicated radio show, Lakes Log.

Book Reviews:
Publisherís Weekly, Feminist Bookstore News, Yoga Journal, New York Post, Choice Magazine, Boston Herald, Nexus (Colorado), Gentle Strength Times, Coastlines (UCSB alumni), Theology Digest, Nova Religio, Rapport, India West, Rediff.com, Amazon.com.

Book Signings:
Prescott College reunion; Gentle Strength Co-op, Tempe; Different Drummer Bookshop, Laguna Beach; L.A. Times Toastmasters; Biltmore Plaza Border's Books, Phoenix; Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles; Health & Life Enrichment Expo, Pasadena; Sacramento Reads book festival, and others.

Publishers:
ISKCON World Review, Van Dhal Publications, Gentle Strength Times, Arizona Woman, Lakes Log, ICSA Today, Cultic Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Kindle, steamboats.com, surrealist.org, Apple Books, and others.

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