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Simple Strategy

While reading A Peculiar Treasure, the autobiography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber, I came across this passage, which might be worth pondering, whether we’re writing novels or even long short stories: “I knew exactly where I was going … Continue reading

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Opportunity Angels

Edna Ferber was having a bad night. George Kaufman had persuaded her to turn one of her short stories into a play. Out-of-town tryouts weren’t going well: the play was proving to be a dud. Hoping to buoy up the … Continue reading

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Dumping Discouragement

Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, The Sound of Music: The lyrics of all these fabulous musicals were written by Oscar Hammerstein. Every one of these shows was a huge hit. But what about Oscar’s flops? What about the disappointments? I’ve been … Continue reading

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