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Doesn’t That Make Life A Story?

Every time I finish reading a book, I open my notebook and copy down sentences and paragraphs that I have liked and underlined. I say underlined because I am not much of a fan of using highlighters in a book; … Continue reading

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Set The Ripples Of Imagination

“I believe that any short story can become a novel, and any novel can be converted into a short story or into a poem.” Joyce Carol Oates A short story is not the same as a novel, and the two … Continue reading

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Why All The Lies

Decades ago when I was a student in university and living on campus my roommate was an energetic lively young woman with such an indescribable passion for life and especially for food. She giggled when she talked and had an … Continue reading

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Listen To Your Broccoli

“A man receives only what he is ready to receive, whether physically or intellectually or morally, as animals conceive at certain seasons their kind only. We hear and apprehend only what we already half know. By and by we may … Continue reading

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The Readers Know It

“A cop told me, a long time ago, that there’s no substitute for knowing what you’re doing. Most of us scribblers do not. The ones that’re any good are aware of this. The rest write silly stuff. The trouble is … Continue reading

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Hang In There

“Success is a continuing process. Failure is a stoppage. The man who keeps moving and working does not fail.” Ray Bradbury What if you keep working and moving and writing and nothing seems to work for you, nothing changes in … Continue reading

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Rows And Rows Of Books

“Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.” Samuel Johnson Last Saturday afternoon I accompanied my daughter to a book sale in Montreal. … Continue reading

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Are You A Disciplined Writer

“I am not a big believer in disciplined writers. What does discipline mean? The writer who forces himself to sit down and write for seven hours every day might be wasting those seven hours if he’s not in the mood … Continue reading

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Slightly Exhausted At The End

“A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.” William Styron Have you ever thought how books, whether good or bad, whether we like them or not, change our lives? We all … Continue reading

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Books Can Be Dangerous

William Styron wrote: “A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.” Have you ever thought how books, whether good or bad, whether we like them or not, change our lives? We … Continue reading

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