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Philosophy of Writing – 22 – Drought

August 1, 2015 by

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Constantly, like an event of weather or a movement of the stars, I will open a screen like this and tell myself that the blog hasn’t been written in for a long time and there’s no way to keep it alive, even though I love it, without posting. I can preen the links and pick the […]

Philosophy of Writing – 21 – The Worst Kind of Feedback

September 16, 2013 by

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I don’t ask for constructive criticism; I ask for honesty. It’s my prerogative and responsibility to sort the useful feedback from the rest. A bit of advice: if you expect a specific type of return, you’ll be disappointed. But there’s feedback that makes me utterly wretched, you too — when it skips over useful and […]

Philosophy of Writing – 20 – Plotto

April 25, 2013 by

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I am friends with a few people of the professional writerly persuasion (the sort of people I can’t be close friends with because I’m in awe of them a bit too much and sometimes I’m terrified of sucking-up even though I don’t think I’m sucking up — anyway, you didn’t start reading this to hear even […]

Philosophy of Writing – 19 – Drafting

April 10, 2013 by

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I’m on lorazepam and I’m listening to Liz Phair. In a few hours I have an important phone call to make. I want to use that intermediate time to write. Drafting is a sumbitch. How to Draft Make the decision frequently enough to write some words on the same topic, one word after the other. ~~~~~ […]

Philosophy of Writing – 18 – Dialogue II.

March 14, 2013 by

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When you get good at dialogue all your characters begin to sound the same. You know what people as a whole realistically say. You’ve cut out As-You-Know-Bobisms and Repeat-the-Nameisms. You write dialogue quickly and smoothly. But this familiarity means you also have shortcuts you’ve learned through your fingers over the years — my muscle memory […]

Philosophy of Writing – 17 – Mind Slice

October 30, 2012 by

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Here is what I was listening to: Here is what I wrote (excerpt from work-in-progress Ugly Ink): I sit, flipping a coin, thumbnail to thumbnail, in the moonlight. As it arcs through the air it leaves a slime-trail of winking dew, points straight to where it will land and so I can catch it—again, over […]

Philosophy of Writing – 16 – Dialogue I.

October 23, 2012 by

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In linguistics it is generally considered to be the case that each participant in a conversation will assume a particular set of things about every other participant. To put it more simply: we expect things from the people we talk to. A useful formulation of this “cooperative principle” of conversation is called “Grice’s conversational maxims”, […]