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BARBARA PARK: I gut it out. There's no such thing as writer's block. It's there all the time. I brainstorm with my family and my editor. I get a lot of ideas in the shower or the tub. I don't give myself a few days for it to come out, because that's not how it happens with me.
BARBARA PARK: I usually don't have anything very structured. I have the basic story in my head, and I have the middle in mind before the beginning. But above and beyond that, I say, "Okay, how will this end up?"
BARBARA PARK: I need some kind of a big monster to scare me into the office. Usually it's noon, and I'm still in my pajamas trying to figure out what else I can do not to get dressed and act like I'm going to work. I check my email. And then, if I'm working on a project, I turn it on and I look at it, and then I turn it off. Then I think of all the things that I have to do rather than sit down and work. Taking out the trash. Brushing the dog's teeth. I finally pull myself into the room and sit down. Once the work starts, it flows.
BARBARA PARK: The main thing is that writing is just a job. For me, it's not about celebrity. It's a job and it's attainable if someone really wants it and is good at it. Sometimes kids really want to write, but they give up because it just looks like they can't do it or it's too exclusive a club.