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About nikkimmascali

I am a New York-based editor/writer who has ink for blood. This is my blog about reading, writing and absolutely no 'rithmetic. Read it, won't you?

Writers’ Wisdom

“When I write I try as far as possible to forget I’m writing it at all. I tell it down onto the page, as if I’m telling it to one person only, my best friend.” Michael Morpurgo NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

“What I take from writers I like is their economy — the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” Joan Didion NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

“The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its artists and writers to become suspected rather than respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth.” James Thurber NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Editing is the same as quarreling with writers — same thing exactly.” Harold Ross NMM  

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Writers’ Wisdom

Yes. Yes. YES.   “Although I don’t feel that it’s at all necessary to tell you how I feel about the principle of individuality, I know that I’m going to have to spend the rest of my life expressing it … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Writing is hard for every one of us, straight white men included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.” … Continue reading

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