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Nancy Werlin: Get Thee to a Bread Store

Nancy Werlin is the author of six young adult novels. Her latest, The Rules of Survival, is a finalist for the 2006 National Book Awards for Young People's Literature.

How She Writes: "Lately, it's been the following:

1) Get to a Panera Bread cafe sometime in the morning.

2) Order large decaf skim latte.

3) Skulk or pounce to get possession of table near electrical outlet.

4) Plug in, boot up and immediately download email using Panera's free wireless access.

5) Waste time on email and web.

6) Finally open file containing novel-in-progress and get to work.

7) Write until lunchtime.

8) Pack up computer, use bathroom, get in line for lunch.

9) Obtain lunch, attempt and fail to reclaim table near electrical outlet, settle for other table and run off battery.

10) Eat lunch while answering email.

11) Return to work writing, eyeing the Daily Goal: 1,000 good words."

Writer's Block Remedies: "I tell myself that all I need to do is open the file and work for 15 minutes. Or ten. Or five."

A Favorite Sentence: "In the end, the survivor gets to tell the story."

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Marc Silver
Marc Silver, who edits NPR's global health blog, has been a reporter and editor for the Baltimore Jewish Times, U.S. News & World Report and National Geographic. He is the author of Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) During Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond and co-author, with his daughter, Maya Silver, of My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks: Real-Life Advice From Real-Life Teens. The NPR story he co-wrote with Rebecca Davis and Viola Kosome -- 'No Sex For Fish' — won a Sigma Delta Chi award for online reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.