Me and my big mouth

It’s interesting what you do if you just have to. I’ve been having some ongoing shoulder issues, so I’ve been learning some hard lessons about slowing down and adjusting my work habits. I won’t bore you with the details, but I had a steroid injection in my right shoulder on Monday and I’m having to rest it […]

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Those “Aha!” Moments

You know what I’m talking about. Those moments of giddy inspiration that seem to leap out of nowhere into your mind and (hopefully) onto the page. You may have been struggling with a particular paragraph or plot conundrum or structural challenge…and suddenly the answer is right there in front of you, as sweet and as effortless […]

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Write true, write cheap

Consider the following sentence: The green grass was full of doctors, all dressed in their dazzlingly white surgical coats. Now consider Sylvia Plath’s version: The Lawn was white with doctors. (from The Bell Jar) I don’t think you’ll even have to think about it when I ask: Which is the better sentence? But what about […]

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