Once upon a time...
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Once upon a time, there was a girl who liked to write stories.
So she did. And she had fun.
Then, one day, a thought got stuck in her head that if she couldn't
write a really great story, there wasn't much point in
writing stories at all. So she stopped writing.
She was young and didn't know any better.
The girl went out into the world to make a living and do some
growing up. And this was fine and necessary.
Then, one day, several years later, a story poked its little head
up out of the creative reservoir and said, “Hello?”
It was a little story, and it looked rather forlorn, so the girl
shaped it with words as best she could so that it could go out
into the world.
The story, who was very happy about this, went back to the creative
reservoir to pack its bags for its adventure into the world and
told all its friends about the girl.
Not long after that, another story poked its little head up out
of the creative reservoir and said, “Hello?”
So the girl shaped it with words as best she could. And the story
was very happy. So were the other stories that came after that
They were little stories. They were very polite.
During the years when the girl was shaping these stories, she
began reading books and magazines about writing (and, later on,
about organization and time management). As she worked and read,
she became more skillful and could shape bigger stories.
Then came the day when something tapped her on the shoulder. When
she turned around, it wasn't a polite little story, looking forlorn
and saying, “Hello?” It was a novel that kissed her
hand, smiled at her, and said, “Hello. We're going to be
very good friends for quite some time.”
So that is the story of how the girl ended up sharing her living
space with, among other things, an overabundance of paperwork and
a great many characters.
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New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is the winner of the RT Book Reviews 2013 Career Achievement Award in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. She is also the winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award for the Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel is Marked in Flesh, the fourth book in Anne’s urban fantasy series set in a re-imagined Earth. When she’s not communing with the Others, Anne enjoys gardening, reading, and music. Since you're reading this, there's no point in telling you to visit her website at www.annebishop.com.