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Write On, Wednesday! Special Delivery

I wrote recently in an email, “I am due to deliver my manuscript to a publisher on May 1.” I took a second glance…”due” and “deliver?!”  Come on!  Well….there is something to this.  You see, in my publishing contract, it reads something like, “delivery of manuscript to publisher on May 1.”  Okay…and then I interpret that as “being on deadline.”  And when one is on a deadline, they often say something is “due.”  Follow that goofy riddle?  So, I gave birth to a book this week.  Sort of.  I delivered a “baby” that has been brewing (“growing?”) inside of me for some 3+ years.  Only it was more in my head and heart than anywhere else.  There is no getting around this birth analogy.  In fact, some other folks–those way more literary than me–have often said that the process of writing is no different than giving birth.  (with a few minor exceptions, of course).  Here it goes: A need/a want/a desire/a hole on the bookshelf = suddenly checking out every baby you see Idea to write …