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Letting Go

How to Cope with Empty Writer’s Nest

Allie Larkin

A week before my first novel came out, I stood in line at the post office with an armload of early copies to mail and was struck hard with something akin to stage fright. My pulse quickened. My knees went weak. The flop sweat was significant. I wanted to flee, but I was smack in the middle of a long roped-off line and didn’t think I could calmly work my way out. I stayed put, the knot in my throat tightening every time the line moved forward. When it was finally my turn, I stumbled through the necessary explanations and payment, embarrassed by my sweaty fluster. I ran outside, jumped in my car, and cried the whole way home.

People were going to read my novel. People I knew. People I ...

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