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Michelle Stoops – The Desert Writers Guild
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Michelle Stoops

michelleI first realized I might have some talent as a writer at the age of sixteen when I discovered I could get paid for what I wrote.  My career as a Ghost Writer began my senior year of high school.  As it happened the Head Football Coach was also the senior class English Literature  teacher.  I enjoyed a lucrative, if brief, career penning creative writing stories for members of the football team.  The experience taught me a very important lesson about criticism in general and literary criticism most particularly.  Over the course of the year when I wrote under the ‘Noms de plume’ of first string football players Coach Ryan rewarded my efforts with nothing less than ‘A’.   When I wrote under my own name, with greater effort, I was somewhat more modestly rewarded.  From that time to this I have received my portions of criticism with a serving of skepticism on the side.

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