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Leave it to agent Mary Kole at KidLit.com to write one sentence that immediately claimed writing-mantra status for me: ” ‘Can’t’ ” is a four-letter word in fiction, when uttered by both character and writer.” (Boy, those quotes and apostrophe look WEIRD in blogtype!)

I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “I CAN’T” when it comes to my writing career. My friend Jennifer Hill Robenalt will probably tell you I said that at least two dozen times during our writing session on Sunday.

So thanks to Mary, I’m going to flip it around: “I CAN!”

See, it works: I just wrote a blog post!

P.S. Mary’s post at KidLit.com called “Bad Obstacles” is definitely worth a read, as is her entire blog.