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Vinculum

Today I learnt what was a vinculum. It is the kind of thing you might learn when you help an eleven year old with his maths prior to a test. Yes I remembered what was a denominator and even a … Continue reading

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The Need

somethings just need there is an ache there is a want to write without punctuation, without capitals. No stops. No starts. just on and on like drawing without lifting the pen without an eraser the dog just sleeps. endlessly so … Continue reading

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from “The Faraway Nearby” by Rebecca Solnit

“Sometimes the key arrives long before the lock. Sometimes a story falls in your lap. Once about a hundred pounds of apricots fell into mine. They came in three big boxes, and to keep them from crushing one another under … Continue reading

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from “This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz

In his new collection of stories Junot Diaz writes, “If this was another kind of story, I’d tell you about the sea. What it looks like after it’s been forced into the sky through a blowhole. How when I’m driving … Continue reading

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Tally Ho

  We are on our way to the airport discussing the derivation of the word tally ho. We all thought it meant a flourishing, extravagant Goodbye, said with an English accent and a grandiose waving of the hand. Graham is … Continue reading

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Writing advice from Ray Bradbury…

In Ray Bradbury’s introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition of his book Fahrenheit 451 he says; ” The novel was a surprise then and is still a surprise to me. I’ve always written at the top of my lungs and … Continue reading

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Junot Diaz on the writing process

When talking about creating fiction Junot Diaz says “if you are not lost you are in a place that someone else has already found… what’s the use of being in mapped territory…. the new requires that you be completely lost.” … Continue reading

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F Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “List of Troubles” (from his Notebooks)— List of troubles Heart burn Eczema Piles Flu Night sweats Alcoholism Infected Nose Insomnia Ruined Nerves Chronic Cough Aching teeth Shortness of Breath Falling Hair Cramps in Feet Tingling Feet Constipation Cirocis … Continue reading

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Karen Russell on what makes fiction work

What, in your opinion, makes a piece of fiction work? I think that different pleasures work for different readers—a friend of mine won’t read anything that’s not a cardiovascular sort of page-turner. I tend to care less about plot, but … Continue reading

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from “The Courage to Write” by Ralph Keyes

“There are reason for the appeal of bold writing that go beyond fascination of watching authors in danger of breaking their literary necks. Good writing is honest, alive. The more honest and alive our writing, the more we show ourselves. … Continue reading

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