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I handle it this way.

I will do my 5 to 7 pages a day, no matter what. They could drop the A bomb and I will do the pages. Sometimes, of course, or ma…more

I handle it this way.

I will do my 5 to 7 pages a day, no matter what. They could drop the A bomb and I will do the pages. Sometimes, of course, or many times, I will throw what I write away.

Here is a link to my desk in the Atlantic Monthly.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertain...

You have to scroll down to see the pile of paper, but it is there.

I think, too, that the key to writing is the ability to tolerate imperfection. Most writers I know who give up can’t stand the idea that for many drafts a book will be a mess. They want it to be clean, clear and polished right away, and the only way that happens is by revising. Cold comfort, but there you have it.
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Craig Nova This is going to sound strange, but the best thing about being a writer is writing. Those hours when you are in that private world are just a delight.…moreThis is going to sound strange, but the best thing about being a writer is writing. Those hours when you are in that private world are just a delight. No kidding. I have known many writers, and the ones who are the best like, and I mean really like, the work.

I remember saying to a friend that a writer should be particularly generous to a spouse, since the spouse has to put up with a lot but doesn’t get to write…
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Things I know About Writing

I know ten things about writing, or these are the things I think I know.

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The first thing I’ve learned is that fiction is comprised of a series of elements, that is structure, point of view, character, language, vision, story, and the like. And that each one of these things can be a tool, that is if you are having trouble with a story, it is a good idea to take one of these elements, say po Read more of this blog post »
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I handle it this way.

I will do my 5 to 7 pages a day, no matter what. They could drop the A bomb and I will do the pages. Sometimes, of course, or many times, I will throw what I write away.

Here is a link to my desk in the Atlantic Monthly.

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“The truth for a novelist isn;t the same as the facts . . . When a writer is successful in using a story taken from experience, it is not told exactly the way it happened, but in the way that reveals, through all one's beliefs, hopes, and fear, how the event should have happened.”
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