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Innocent Eyes

“Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.” Henry James, from “The Art of Fiction.” Habit blinds us all: We fall into familiar byways without even noticing that it and begin to look at the world … Continue reading

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Two Personalities

“The highest truths through the humblest medium.” Nathaniel Hawthorne “There are other advantages in considering yourself a two-in-one character. It should not be your sensitive, temperamental side which bears the burdens of your relations with the outside world of editors, … Continue reading

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Twice-told Tales

“Don’t be ‘a writer.’ Be writing.” William Faulkner It’s happened to you, I’m sure. Soon after you make a new acquaintance, he or she asks you what you do. And as soon as you answer, “I’m a writer,” the next … Continue reading

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Helpful Habit-forming

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle The term “habit-forming” often gets a bad rap. This isn’t all that surprising when you consider the way it’s defined. According to my trusty … Continue reading

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Writer’s Magic

“The root problems of the writer are personality problems: He or she cannot get started, or starts a story well then gets lost or loses heart, or writes very well some f the time, badly the rest of the time, … Continue reading

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Fresh Seeing

“Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.” Henry James, from his essay “The Art of Fiction.” Habit blinds us all: We fall into familiar byways without even noticing that it happens and begin to look … Continue reading

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Inspiring Imitation

“By choosing an author whose style is complementary to your own you can teach yourself a great deal about sentence formation and prose rhythm…” Becoming a Writer, Dorothea Brande Becoming a Writer is an incredibly valuable little guide that I … Continue reading

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