Author Archives: Diana Stout

About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor

Merging with Behind the Scenes…

I’m a fan of minimalist living. Less is more. Truly. Clutter of the mind is just as bad as clutter on a tabletop. Lately, I’ve been struggling with all the cluttering writing tasks that have been consuming my time when … Continue reading

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My Rabbit Hole Summer

Where did the summer go? Here it is, the beginning of October, solidly into fall, and as I look back at this past year, I feel that I have nothing to show for it. What did I do all that … Continue reading

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Thinking About Quitting

The other night, I was thinking, Maybe, I need to give up writing. A shocker, yes? I’ve been writing most of my adult life, having started around the age of 19, but not getting serious about it until 28, when … Continue reading

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Finding Jewels Between Projects

This past weekend, I completed a couple of major projects. Usually, it takes me about a week before I’m immersed in a new project again. After completing any big project, I’ll spend time cleaning off my desk, cleaning out a closet … Continue reading

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Failures IV: 7 Lessons of Failure as a Writer

People look at me and see success. Published in multiple media, in multiple genres, with various awards. With an MFA and a Ph.D., too, but there have been many failures along the way. I have failed so many times I’ve … Continue reading

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Failures Part III

“You learn by failing over and over.” Continue reading

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Failures Part II

Before I begin, I have to tell you that I had to restart this particular blog at least 20 times. I knew what I wanted to say but was failing every time! Finally, having about six pages of single-spaced paragraphs … Continue reading

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Failures – Part I

So many times, I’ve witnessed students and new writers exclaim that successful writers never failed. That’s when I would share this list of successful people who failed early in their careers. When I shared this list with my students, immediately … Continue reading

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The Lettuce Myths

Seriously? A blog about lettuce? Yup. It happened because I was trying to write a blog about my bucket list, which morphed into two other blogs. There was no continuity with any of the writing, so I gave up, answering … Continue reading

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A Village at Work

As a writer, I’m privy to a lot of conversations. A good majority of those conversations come from my characters who converse inside my head. Sometimes they gang up on me, like little kids, demanding, “Me next!” “It’s my turn!” … Continue reading

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