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Writers’ Wisdom

“I’m not the first writer who would tell you: I learned to be a writer from reading.”  John Irving NMM Advertisements

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Writers’ Wisdom

“The way to write a book is to actually write a book. A pen is useful, typing is also good. Keep putting words on the page.” Anne Enright  NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

The Girl Child is a huge fan of John Green, so this post is dedicated to her and the many John Green books she’s made me read the past few years. While I don’t love his books as much as she … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

I know I’ve used Monsieur Robbe-Grillet for “Writers’ Wisdom” before, but I saw this quote today and just plum liked it. “I am certain that a novelist is someone who attributes a different reality-value to the characters and events of … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“I like to be surprised. The best writing is when it defies me, when it starts going a different way than I had planned.” Wally Lamb If you haven’t read Lamb’s 1992 masterpiece “She’s Come Undone,” stop what you’re doing … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book.” … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Hank

Ninety-five years ago today, one of my favorite writers, Charles Bukowski, was born in Germany. Time called him the “laureate of American lowlife” in 1986, and I don’t think there could be a more vivid or fitting description of my beloved … Continue reading

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