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OK, let’s be honest: I don’t have one.

I write when I feel like it–at least as far as my novels go. Yes, there might be something in those old instructions about “write every day”, but I have never been able to make myself do it.

When I do write, I tend to write a lot. I’ll sit down at the keyboard and write for hours at a time, ignoring all that goes on around me. Besides the fact that if I did that every day I would lose my paying jobs, I’d alienate my family. They put up with it now because they know it’s not a permanent state and they like having me read what I’ve written to them when I stop. I think they would object if I ignored them on a daily basis.

Still, I am trying to write every day, even if it’s just a few sentences. This morning, for instance, I pulled up “Garison IV” (not the final name, I’ll probably go with something more catchy like “Garison 4″) with the intention of writing a paragraph or two. As I was reading the last paragraphs written, however, I realized a sentence or two in the middle would make them more cogent. So I wrote those sentences, which turned into a couple paragraphs on their own, which not only made the passage better, I fulfilled my goal.

Except that the book still stops where it did before, so I have to work to convince myself I’ve actually made progress.

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About Sam White

Samuel Ben White (“Sam” to his friends) is the author of the newspaper comic strip “Tuttle’s” (found at and doctortuttle,com) and the on-line comic book “Burt & the I.L.S.”. He is married and has two sons. He serves his community as a chaplain with hospice. Contact him at In addition to his time travel stories, Sam has also written and published detective novels, a western, three fantasy novels and four works of Christian fiction.

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