‘It’s a Privilege To Be a Professional Writer’

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Like a lot of great writers, The Tennessean’s David Plazas developed a love for writing as a child. “I was a very introverted, shy kid. At the time, writing was an outlet for me, and I loved creative writing.” Still, Plazas – the Opinion and Engagement director for the USA TODAY NETWORK Tennessee and The Tennessean, where he serves as editorial writer, opinion columnist, Op-Ed editor and an editorial board member – never considered journalism for a career when he was younger. The U.S.-born son of Colombian and Cuban immigrants was being guided by his parents to pick one of … Read More

Blog on Writer’s Block Progressing Slowly, But in the Meantime …

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After a two-year hiatus, I’ve decided to start posting the #RogerThat blog again on a regular basis. Sort of. I’m actually going to link to another blog to buy time while I continue working on a piece about overcoming writer’s block. I’ve been working on it now for 18 months, and I just can’t get past the first two paragraphs, which I have rewritten 37 times. So stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s a blog from my new friend Joe Diorio, a former journalist and PR pro who is now a “semiretired” writer and editor in Nashville. Thanks, Joe. http://conta.cc/2yKYJml