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Writing Through Writer's Block

Andrea Cagan - Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Writing Through Writer's Block

As I started to write my blog this morning, I sat there for a few minutes, contemplating what I wanted to write about. My mind skipped to a load of possible topics but I didn't really want to write about any of them. Last week and the one before that, I knew what I wanted to say before I did it. The words just seemed to flow naturally out of me and it turned out okay. So why was I faltering this week? What was different?  

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From Baby Boomers to Millennials

Andrea Cagan - Monday, March 19, 2018
From Baby Boomers to Millennials

I teach a weekly writing class for about eight students. I keep it small because it’s in my home and I want time to give attention to each person, listening to their pieces that they write and read in class and making encouraging comments. The same people come back week after week, and we are diverse: African Americans, gay and straight men, and single women, ranging from ages 29 to 82. Initially, I wondered if we would all get along and if we could forge a bond since we were all so different. We came from different generations, we had different family environments, we came from different parts of the country, and our lines of work were varied. How will they ever understand each other? I wondered before the first class. Will they connect and be instrumental in helping each other learn and grow? Or will they feel disconcerted and unsafe? Will they embrace the diversity or feel stunted by it? 

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Do You Take Things Personally?

Andrea Cagan - Monday, January 29, 2018
Do You Take Things Personally?

I’m often under scrutiny when I write. If I’m working on my own pieces, I only have to please myself. But when I ghostwrite and collaborate, I have several people to please: the client whose story I’m telling, the agent who has a habit of sticking his or her nose where it doesn’t belong, and then there’s me.  

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Facing Your Inner Critic

Andrea Cagan - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Facing Your Inner Critic

I began teaching a writing class about two years ago, giving prompts, reading inspirational pieces, and offering advice about how to maneuver the world of words, sentences, paragraphs, and stories. I felt that I had something to offer since I'd written so many books. But when I began to share my knowledge and experiences as a writer, I never imagined how much my classes would impact my own writing and my understanding of the writing process in general. 

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