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Writers with Responsibilities: Ode to the Late Bloomers

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Julia Child didn’t start cooking until she was close to forty and I didn’t either. For me it wasn’t the Le Cordon Blue School, but a need to finally be heard. I found my voice after my fourth child was born. I stopped telling tales at the bus stop

Writers with Responsibilities: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Perhaps, you’re one of those people who cry on the first day of school. For those of you putting your eldest on the kindergarten bus for the first time, I’ll give you a pass. For the rest of you, get real! The first day of school should bring the

Writers With Responsibilities: Damn the Dog Days!

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Dear Sally: In June, when I was running around from school picnics, to award ceremonies, graduations, lacrosse jamborees, school plays and concerts, I longed for the dog days of summer and no morning routine. But now summer is here and I can’t wait for school to start. Help. Your

Writers With Responsibilities: Patience is a Way of Life

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Dear Sally, I want it all, NOW! What do you have to say to that? Your friend, Veruca Salt   Dear Veruca, You can stomp and jump up and down all you want—but the truth is, if you’re a writer with responsibilities, you’d best get down with the heavenly virtue

Writers with Responsibilities: I’d Like to Click My Heels Three Times…

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Dear Sally, I’m a single mother with four kids—everything from tweens to a would-be adult—and I just went back to work full-time. I tell people I’m a writer, but lately I’m a just a thinker, collecting details and perhaps inspiration but never transposing them to the page. I read

Writers With Responsibilities: Be Who You Are

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Dear Sally, Do you have the magic spell that can inspire me to write again? I have not written anything in so long. Whenever I write about parenting or families, I feel like “this has all been said before. Why write about it?” I also find that it’s been

Writers With Responsibilities: Keep Your Mojo

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Dear Sally, I found my voice relatively late in life—40—but once I started to write I couldn’t imagine a life without it. I took classes, joined writing groups, and wrote all the time. I published essays in my local paper and people stopped me in the grocery store to

Writers With Responsibilities: I Want to Hear From You

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Dear Sally, Do you really want to hear from me? My mind and sometimes my writing is a flurry of unrelated thoughts and concerns.  Navel gazing is so overrated, but regardless I wonder what am I to do about my ex-husband who still leaves the seat up every time

Writers With Responsibilities: Neither Time nor the Muse is Your Friend

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In a new series for 2014, Sarah Banse will provide writers with advice for juggling their work with other responsibilities. If you have dilemmas and want Sarah’s advice, you can email your questions to with the subject line “Writers With Responsibilities.” For today, she explains how she balances

From the Slush Pile: Cover This

Let’s talk about cover letters. I know, I know: exciting, right? But remember what mom said: first impressions matter. So here’s a piece of advice: keep your letter professional and succinct. A reader and editor wants to know who you are, your publishing credentials (if any), and the name