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Wyoming author Lynn G. Carlson

Meet Lynn

Hi, I'm Lynn.

I have studied creative writing (solo, in writing groups, and in classes) for almost two decades now, and the creative process my whole life.

I'm a tad noncomformist, to be honest. It's a tendency which started early when I refused to pierce my ears in junior high (because all the other girls were doing it), and it continued into adulthood when as a Peace Corps trainee, I got off the plane in Africa clad in a red polka dot dress and wide-brimmed straw hat. I just had to flout the whole khaki-shorts-and-hiking-sandals thing. It caused a stir, I later found out. She'll never make it, they said. I stayed three years.

The noncomformity continues. Most of my peers are retiring now, while I'm just gearing up for a writing career. I mean, why not? We're living longer lives, and (God willing) there's plenty of time left for me to write, publish, and promote.

Oh, and I also chafe at labels, agreeing with Audrey Eldritch (the amateur sleuth protagonist in my as-yet-to-be-published novel) who says, "Labels are for soup cans."

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I work at a standing desk in my writing room, surrounded by books, Sharpies, and sticky notes.

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My paternal grandparents, and my father, were all in the newspaper business. Writing is in my bloodline. So is proofreading (my first job).

I journal every morning, roughly following the Morning Pages model that Julia Cameron made famous. This ritual is the dirt from which all my creative writing sprouts.

I am shamelessly enthusiastic about a lot of things, with language being highest on the list. I collect verbs and get all wiggly excited when I find glimmery or muscley ones.

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