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Robert Detman

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Robert M. Detman is the author of IMPOSSIBLE LIVES OF BASHER THOMAS (Figureground Press 2014), which Publishers Weekly has called "An ambitious novel ... told in sharp prose ... layering various methods of storytelling to create a fresh and intriguing work." He has published fiction in over two dozens literary journals, including the Antioch Review, Akashic Books Thursdaze, Santa Monica Review, and elsewhere. His story collection, THE SURVIVOR'S GUIDE, was a semifinalist for the 2013 Hudson Prize from Black Lawrence Press.

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Robert Detman The best thing about being a writer is the infinite possibilities of the written word. It’s simply you and the words you bring forth. It’s a beautiful…moreThe best thing about being a writer is the infinite possibilities of the written word. It’s simply you and the words you bring forth. It’s a beautiful possibility, and the greatest freedom.

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The only way to become a writer is to write. Read a lot, and love what you read. If you don’t love what you read, find something you love to read. Then write something you’d love to read.
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I often consider the notion that we write because we’re trying to bridge a gap of connection to others. Before I had ever published, I longed for a community as if this would legitimize me as a writer. But even as I craved connection, I was wary of demands and expectations put on me, for example, if I took a writing class, or let an editor touch my work. All of which happened in due time, though
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