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The purpose of being a serious writer….

The purpose of being a serious  writer is not to express oneself, and it is not to make something beautiful, though one might do those things anyway. Those things are besides the point. The purpose of being a serious writer is to keep  people from despair. If you keep that in mind always, the wish […]

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August

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Remember you love writing.

Remember you love writing.  It wouldn’t be worth it if you didn’t. If the love fades do what you need to and get it back Remember writing doesn’t love you. It doesn’t care.  Nevertheless, it can behave with remarkable generosity. Speak well of it,  encourage others, pass it on. A. L. Kennedy

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Word by Word: Openings make a promise to the reader

It’s full-on summer. and nights are again growing quiet after the raucous explosions from Fourth of July celebrations. Roses are spilling over throughout town, heat blasts from the sky until it bakes everything below including the miserable clay soil I’ve inherited in this yard, the roads are filled with campers and trailers, vacationers heading to […]

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July

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Quick Take: Everything has structure. Get over it.

I sometimes hear grumblings about story structure. As in a structure equals manacles or some form of onerous constraints. Or story structure is for wimps; real writers plot by the seat of their pants and the fairy whisperings of muses. But here I sit typing on a laptop, a machine with a screen, keyboard, off/on […]

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What’s at Stake? part 1

Storms whipped through the region last week, the weekend was mild,  and I woke up to a pearly sky and no rain in the forecast. Since we’ve already had temperatures in the 90s the respite from the heat suited me fine and suited my garden too although the weeds are now stampeding all over the […]

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Quick Take: Write from emotion and imagination

Below me the Pacific is roaring into shore in shades of silver and indigo and white, gulls are whining and whirling in a pale sky, the air cool and deep ocean perfumed. I’ve left the Portland area for a few days to escape the pollen zone and spend time with my family. My headaches are gone […]

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According to Ayelet Waldman

Most writers  spend their lives standing a little apart from the crowd, watching and listening and hoping to catch that tiny hint of despair, that sliver of malice, that makes them think, ‘Aha, here is the story.’

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June

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