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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

'Unlocking creativity'


“Writing is a muscle that needs to be exercised every day: The more you write, the easier it becomes.” – Jane Green

Green, who lives in Connecticut, was born in London on this date in 1968 and has become one of the world's leading authors of commercial women's fiction, with millions of books in print and translations in over 25 languages.  Her most recent bestseller is Sister Stardust.

A journalist by training, she worked as a feature writer for several London-based newspapers, including The Daily Mail, before turning to a successful and lucrative creative writing career in the late 1990s, now authoring some two dozen bestsellers. 
Green made the move from journalistic to creative writing following an interesting regimen.  “I treated my books as a very long journalistic exercise," she said.   "I just thought of every chapter as an article that needed to be finished (on a deadline).”         

Her journalism training also taught her that writing is a job, and that you must write, whether you are inspired or not.  “The only way to unlock creativity," she said, "is to write through it.”

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