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“You should know more than what you put on the page. The reader can sense that.” — Susan Orlean Credit: Tim Green / Flickr Creative Commons

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Verily, Verily I Say Unto You, Emphatically

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” — Stephen King

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How to Make Your Writing as Good as Your Ambition

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone had told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has […]

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Let Go

Thanks to Fenton Johnson, who shared this quote recently from philosopher Alan Watts at the Writing by Writers conference. Belief is the insistence that the truth is what one would like or wish it to be. Faith is the unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has […]

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Leaving a Bookstore

“Leaving any bookstore is hard, especially on a day in August, when the street outside burns and glares, and the books inside are cool and crisp to the touch; especially on a day in January, when the wind is blowing, the ice is treacherous, and the books inside seem to gather together in colorful warmth. […]

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The Best Training

“The best training is to read and write, no matter what. Don’t live with a lover or roommate who doesn’t respect your work. Don’t lie, buy time, borrow to buy time. Write what will stop your breath if you don’t write.” — Grace Paley Photo: Daehyun Park / Flickr Creative Commons

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