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It's a Writer Thing -- Is THIS Why You Are Struggling to Finish That Book?

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss.

Hello, Wonderful Writers! Not too long ago, someone in the Electric 18’s group shared a video by Brene´ Brown, Ph.D. I majorly LOVE this woman’s work. In case you’re not familiar with her, she’s a researcher who focuses on studying shame and vulnerability. If you haven’t read her books, I really recommend them all. She talks about how being vulnerable is one of the most courageous things we can do, that vulnerability comes with great rewards, “because vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, trust, empathy, creativity, and innovation.
That’s right. 

What she’s discovered through her research is that without vulnerability, we cannot create. If we’re going to make art, or put ourselves in the “arena,” as Teddy Roosevelt called it, then there is “one guarantee. You will get your ass kicked. If courage is a value you hold, this is a consequence. You can’t avoid it.” And who does this ass-kicking she speaks of? The critics. There are m…

Q & A With Author Leslie DJ

Hi, Leslie. Thanks for joining me! Let’s get started! What is your book, Luz, NOT about?
It’s not an autobiography. Although Luz and I may have a lot in common it is not my life story.


What is your book, Luz, about?
My book is about a young woman’s struggle; Luz Vargas is a semi successful writer who at the beginning of the book is very lost. She’s living the life she thinks she’s supposed to live rather than the one she actually wants. In its own way it is a coming-of-age story. 
What is your favorite line from your book?
“She lived her life in fiction, too afraid to let the world in… She surrounded herself with the only friends she knew, Susan Sontag and Maria Irene Fornes…”


What celebrities would play your main characters if it were a movie?
Rosario Dawson would play Luz and I’d love to see Chris Evans play Luke. We can always go with a sexy unknown to play Henry. 
Take me through a day in your life. 
Since writing is not my main source of income, I have a day job. I wake up at 5:30am; shower…