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Honing talent one week at a time

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Hello, Write Edge readers! We’re chugging along through January. Here in Central Illinois, we’ve had some bitterly cold days but the temperatures will warm up later this week. Everything’s relative, right? So when the temperature was minus-7 this morning, and I look at the weather for the week and see a high of 38 for Saturday, I think, “Wow, look at how high it gets.” 😀

One thing that definitely keeps me warm is my writing, reading, and editing, all of which I get to do on a daily basis in pursuit of my dream: to be a published novelist. Some days I feel like the waking hours go by in a blur, but that’s because I know that in addition to talent a person has to have perseverance. That’s what makes dreams come true, above anything else. Talent, though, is a really good starting point, even if we’re not always sure where it comes from. But even the greatest of artists say that’s okay, as in this week’s motivational quote:

“Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.”—Maya Angelou

Speaking of perseverance, here’s an excerpt from this week’s new short fiction:

“Sorry, duckling. If the paps don’t get a day off, neither do you. They’ve been hanging out by the front gate ever since that video of you and Nathan went viral.”

She winced. “So that wasn’t a dream? Oh, god…”

“Nope, not a dream,” Ronnie said, and Alisha could tell without seeing his face that he was peeved. “What were you thinking, Ali?”

Read the full story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of this week, I’ll share a brand new book review with you. Find out on Wednesday what I thought of The Tenant by Katrine Engberg. You’ll see that review up on The Write Edge Bookshelf.

And at the end of this week, we’re back to parenting adventures. Teenage-dom has hit our house hard. Find out how on Friday on Growth Chart.

Have a lovely week, readers!

E.R.G.