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Someone wiser and older once told me, "people come into your life when you need them and leave when they're no longer needed." At the time, I didn't believe this was a fact. As the years have gone by, however, I have realized that this is indeed often the case. 

As most writers are aware, the beginning of a writing project is the most challenging. The exciting part is the end. And as we get closer to the end, we become more enthusiastic. 

I had a conversation with a self-published author last week, who discussed writing and publishing as a 'small business.' Success he says, lies with those who have "a mix of passion and business sense." In a way, we must become writing entrepreneurs.

On writing, Steven King once wrote, "The scariest moment is always just before you start." It's a moment all writers have faced. We sit down to begin a story and are overwhelmed by the prospect of this major undertaking. Writing is not an easy task, but there are steps we can take to ease the transition into a new project. 

We all have emotional connections to particular places we've visited during our lives. For me, one of these places is Third Rail Coffee in New York City's West Village. I want to take a moment to share with you why I have an emotional connection with this coffee shop and then encourage you to write about your favorite coffee shop in detail. 

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Hi, I'm Ash. When I was asked by my second grade teacher what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “a writer!”

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