But this very sentence puts this article at words, which is exactly half way to our daily goal. My point is that words add up quickly. A setting paragraph may consist of a hundred words. A verbal exchange between two characters may be two hundred.
I guess the first thing I should say is that I was not born in the Dominican Republic.
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When I was three months old, my parents, both native Dominicans, decided to return to their homeland, preferring the dictatorship of Trujillo to the U. Once again, my father got involved in the underground and soon my family was in deep trouble.
We left hurriedly infour months before the founders of that underground, the Mirabal sisters, were brutally murdered by the dictatorship see In the Time of the Butterflies. But classroom English, heavily laced with Spanish, did not prepare me for the "barbaric yawp" of American English -- as Whitman calls it.
I did pick up enough English to understand that some classmates were not very welcoming. Mami insisted that the kids were saying, Speak! And then she wonders where my storytelling genes come from. Not understanding the language, I had to pay close attention to each word -- great training for a writer.
I also discovered the welcoming world of the imagination and books. There, I sunk my new roots. Of course, autobiographies are written afterwards. And getting punished for it, too.
Lying, they called it back then. As a kid, I loved stories, hearing them, telling them. Since ours was an oral culture, stories were not written down. It took coming to this country for reading and writing to become allied in my mind with storytelling.
All through high school and college and then a graduate program in creative writing -- you can get all the dry facts in my attached resume -- I was a driven soul. I knew that I wanted to be a writer. But it was the late sixties, early seventies.
Afro-American writers were just beginning to gain admission into the canon. Latino literature or writers were unheard of. Writing which focused on the lives of non-white, non mainstream characters was considered of ethnic interest only, the province of sociology.
But I kept writing, knowing that this was what was in me to do.
Of course, I had to earn a living. After five years of being a migrant writer, I decided to put down roots and began teaching at the high school level, moving on to college teaching, and finally, on the strength of some publications in small magazines and a couple of writing prizes, I landed a tenure-track job.
My gutsy agent, Susan Bergholz, found a small press, Algonquin Books, and a wonderful editor, Shannon Ravenel, willing to give "a new voice" a chance.
I was forty-one with twenty-plus years of writing behind me. I toiled and troubled about what to do. After several years of asking for semester leaves, I gave up my tenured post.
Middlebury College kindly invited me to stay on as a writer-in-residence, advising students, teaching a course from time to time, giving readings. So here I am living in the tropical Champlain Valley.Background. Cujo's name was based on the nom de guerre of Willie Wolfe, one of the men responsible for orchestrating Patty Hearst's kidnapping and indoctrination into the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Stephen King discusses Cujo in On Writing, referring to it as a novel he "barely remembers writing at all".The book was written during a period .
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I’ve participated in a novel writing competition almost every year for 10 years, and never once completed the story. Every November, millions of writers young and old sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and challenge themselves to write a novel in 30 .
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