Butt In, Distractions Out

“Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”  — Gene Fowler,
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Necessary Arrogance

  Writing is a tough business. Gratification (publishing) can be long in coming. If and when it does, royalties are usually insufficient to live
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Barrels

My Uncle Grattan, my father’s oldest brother, was a brilliant man. He spent a couple of years in New York City in his twenties studying art before
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Why We Write

  But isn’t it really about personal fulfillment?   If you’re a struggling writer, you’ve probably had someone say this to you. In my
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Two Daisies

Recently, the New York Times Book Review featured two writers asked to comment on the question, “Do critics make good novelists?”   I
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The White Room

I heard Twyla Tharp say that to begin a new work of choreography, she enters a “white room.” Certainly, this is a metaphor, although a dancer’s
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