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March 27, 2018

Why do writers write? Certainly not for the fun of it. Few writers I know think it's an enjoyable process. It's often such a torturous process that Hemingway declared, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” We dawdle, we procra...

March 22, 2018

"Kill your darlings" is the way Stephen King puts it. Those well-turned phrases that make you smile at your own ability as a writer. You must be willing to cross them out, delete them "without pity." It isn't easy, but an author's writing must be tight. Every word must...

March 13, 2018

How? you ask. Stephen King said it first: tell the truth. Many, perhaps, the majority of people don't like the truth, even when it's presented with kindness and grace. Often, the truth is too hard to look at, too hard to admit. It can be ugly and painful. It may hit to...

March 6, 2018

 We've heard it before; in fact, you've read it here. Reading is essential to writing. You'll never be a good writer if you're not an avid reader. It's that simple. You can't sit down to write if you haven't taken the time to read -- a lot! Reading helps you identify a...

March 1, 2018

I've found that the more I write, the more closely I observe and appreciate the small things in everyday life. And the more I appreciate the small things, the more I realize they're not small at all.

*Steve Jobs

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