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M. Talmage Moorehead

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I quit my medical career on June 27th, 2014 at the tender age of 58. I was a pathologist. Now I'm going to be a writer.

I didn't quit medicine to become a writer, I quit because the job was killing me. It was a combination of job stress and family stress that I'll leave vague for now. I had no choice but to quit. The stress was too much for good concentration. With people's lives in my hands, excellent concentration was not even slightly optional. I had to quit.

For years I've loved writing, so it's the natural thing to do now. I've been learning to write fiction since the 1990's. I've read at least fifty books on the subject. Just counted 52 on my shelves here beside me, plus a few in my kindle reader. But there will always be tons more to learn. Creative things aren't static.

I'm fairly ignorant about publishing. I've read several books on the subject, but that's the extent of it. I've never been published - not my fiction, anyway. If you have strong advice on indie or traditional publishing, I would appreciate your help.

As far as offering me writing advice, I'm already a decent writer and I'm overly critical of my own work, so I've probably got the negative input aspect covered. I'll hire an editor someday if I can find one with a gentle, loving spirit, and an open mind for the experimental stuff I'm trying to write. I'm breaking so many writing "rules" these days. (Update 5/15/15: I've found an incredible editor and "book doctor" now, William Greenleaf. Here's his URL: http://greenleafliteraryservices.com/ )

Thank you for your interest, and good luck in every single thing you ever do for the rest of your life, and far beyond.

M. Talmage Moorehead, MD

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