Author Archives: Diana Stout

About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor

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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Conferences, Retreats, & Write-Ins: Oh, my!

A number of my writing peeps are blogging about the our recent Retreat From Harsh Reality, a weekend where we as an organization, Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America, put on an annual writing retreat. I don’t want to repeat all … Continue reading

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