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Macondo Writer's Workshop & tips to keep writing---

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First I want to thank and also send props to our Macondo Writing Workshop participants: Barbara Renaud, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Veronica Reyes, Juan Guzman, Gabriela Lemmons, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Rene Colato Lainez and the best co-teacher I could ever have, Pat Alderete! and thanks also to Anel Flores (chuparosa for the week) who came to visit for two sessions. Orale Anel!  You all RAWK!

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With every writing workshop, participants often ask, "How can we continue writing?" or they worry about going back to their routines where for them it is a struggle to carve out time to write.  Maybe you are in that same situation.

If you are, I am posting here a link to Laurie Halse Anderson's site:  "Write Fifteen Minutes a Day Challenge."  That's all--just fifteen minutes. Leslea Newman wrote in to Anderson's site and said she's going to use this challenge to write a poem every day for the month of August.  Andale!  

Here are some other writing tips that I have found helpful:  Macondista Beatriz Terrazas and I discussed how we like writing first thing in the morning.  Another Macondista, Joy Castro, does the same thing.  You wake up and have your writing journal, computer, paper right next to your bed or you immediately get to your writing space and take the first hour, two or three to write.  No interruptions--no excuses.  First thing.  As Beatriz says--"then you've got it out and you have the entire day ahead of you and you feel good.  You have success right away!"

I have been taking the morning to write and then the afternoon/evening to edit.  But everyone is different.  Some of you may not be morning writers.  You may be better equipped after the 9 or 10p.m. hour.  Well--do the same, just in reverse!  Orale.  

It's August 1st-- think positive!  Lots of great writing ahead.  This blog is dedicated to my fabulous Macondista writers!  I'm cheering you on Gabriela, Veronica, Laurie Ann, Anel, Barbara, Charles, Juan-Luis, Rene, y Pata!  And all of you writers out there who I do not know--I wish you good writing energies as well.

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