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Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

Joan Didion advises

Written By: Jessica Morrell - May• 21•19

I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t believe that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it.  To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave is a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck to you. 

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