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An Audience of One

In last week’s post we considered the issue of being misread and some responses or attitudes that a writer could take towards that particular prickly pear. In thinking about being misread though we might miss the larger picture, which is being read at all. That, we must never forget, is a luxury and the furthest […]

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Being willing to fail

“If you want to get good at something you have to be willing to fail a lot.” That was some advice that I overheard recently and it has stuck with me, particularly the “a lot” part. As we all know, writing is one of the very least rewarding endeavors that a human being can engage […]

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Second-rate writing

Simone de Beauvoir, author, essayist, social critic, and titan of feminism, wrote an influential essay in 1951 titled “Must We Burn Sade?” In it the infamous marquis is assessed through the lens of the reputation that he has garnered, and de Beauvoir finds both positive and negative aspects to his work and legacy. It is […]

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Getting Feedback

Receiving feedback is always an exciting moment: months, maybe years of hard graft released from your hard drive, fired along the interweb, and then experienced by another human being. Waiting for it can be a twitcher: those ‘what ifs’ and ‘maybes’ shooting through your mind; those doubts about some of those commas you changed to […]

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