Word by Word

Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

Cheryl Strayed on Grit, Healing, and the Writing Life

I’ve used the word grit more in the past  few years than I have in my lifetime. And, alas, in the past few months I’ve needed so much grit and resiliency that I’ve had to dip deep into my reserves.  I dare not run low. If you’re also needing more steel in your backbone, read […]

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In case you missed it: Ruth Reichl on M.F.K. Fisher

I discovered M.F.K. Fisher in my twenties, not from her many memoirs and books about food, but by reading Sister Age. It’s an odd little book. As the title suggests, it’s about aging and features essays of sorts about ghosts, elderly women on a sea voyage,  encountering death, and facing one’s later years. And, as […]

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