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Friday, May 19, 2017

Keep striving to 'fill the page'

“You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page.” – Jodi Picoult

Picoult, who has more than 14 million copies of her books (translated into 34 languages) in print worldwide, is a New Hampshire author who was born on this date in Long Island, NY, in 1966.    The daughter and granddaughter of teachers, she grew up reading and writing and did her first story, "The Lobster Which Misunderstood," at the age of 5.   By the time she reached college (at Princeton) she was writing – and being published – on a regular basis, including winning a couple of national writing contests while still in school.

The first of Picoult’s 23 bestselling novels, Songs of the Humpback Whale, came out in 1992 and her latest, Small Great Things, just last November.  She has had a remarkable 9 consecutive novels released in the Number One position on the New York Times Bestseller List, beginning with  Nineteen Minutes in 2007. 
In 2013 Picoult was a member of a group      of 30 bestselling writers who banded together to form the Writers Council for the National Writing Project.  That project recognizes writing – especially creative writing – as a communicative tool and helps teachers enhance student efforts to become writers.  

“Writer's block is for people who have the luxury of time,” she noted when asked how she keeps focused and continues turning out one successful book after another.   “When you're stuck, and sure you've written absolute garbage, force yourself to finish and then decide to fix or scrap it - or you will never know if you can.”

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