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True Happiness

“Storybook happiness involves every form of pleasant thumb-twiddling; true happiness involves the full use of one’s powers and talents.”    John  W. Gardner “Storybook happiness” — it’s so seductive, isn’t it? The pleasures of “pleasant thumb-twiddling” are all around us: The … 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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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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Unlike Athena

“Fiction, like sculpture or painting, begins with a rough sketch. One gets down the characters and their behavior any way one can, knowing the sentences will have to be revised, knowing the characters’ actions may change. It makes no difference … Continue reading

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