As a radio commentator, marketing consultant, teacher, and newspaper columnist, Lauretta Hannon has been in the communications industry a long time. When she considered pursuing writing her memoir The Cracker Queen she faced many internal hurdles and obstacles, the biggest being that she didn't feel she was a good enough writer. She continued to let her self-doubt and life get in the way but then realized that if she set her mind to doing it she could no longer hide behind the list of excuses that were building. One question that she asks her writing students is, "What are you willing to do, be, or give up in order to be successful as a writer?" It's a question that every new writer must ask in order to determine his or her level of commitment.
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