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Seek, Study, Practice to Tell Your Stories

As we continue to strive, we seek those stories that we simply have to tell; and we study, so that we have the knowledge we need to tell them. Then we practice, so that we can tell them the best

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Reading and Creating

As you read a book word by word and page by page, you participate in its creation, just as a cellist playing a Bach suite participates, note by note, in the creation, the coming-to-be, the existence, of the music. And,

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Creativity: Crushing and Glorious

Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

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A Writer’s True Compensation

A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it. ~ Roald Dahl

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Every Book Demands its Own Thing

You’re the kind of writer that you are. You have a process. Maybe that process is slowly and painstakingly crafting a novel over many years—a dedication like that of a watchmaker’s artifice. Or maybe instead you prefer to write like

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Is History Myth?

History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth. ~ E.L. Doctorow

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Write, Regardless

Publishers want to take chances on books that will draw a clamor and some legitimate publicity. They want to publish controversial books. That their reasons are mercenary and yours may be lofty should not deter you. ~ Harlan Ellison

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Address the Weakest Parts of Your Writing

Our strongest defenses are built around our greatest weaknesses. As a writer, you will only get better by addressing the weakest parts of your writing. We all tend to want to focus on our strengths, but a book is only

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Don’t Wait for Inspiration

Don’t wait for others to inspire you. Don’t wait for inspiration at all…there’s no better reason to tell your story than a simple love of words. ~ Cara Lopez Lee

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The World is Made of…

The world is made of stories, not of atoms. ~ Muriel Rukeyser

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All who wander are not lost. ~ JRR Tolkien

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