Michael Van Vleet

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Michael Van Vleet Probably the best thing about being a writer is that you start as a reader. As a reader, one must spend time either accruing a personal library or--…moreProbably the best thing about being a writer is that you start as a reader. As a reader, one must spend time either accruing a personal library or-- and this is riskier-- accessing someone else's. Then, over a period of days or weeks one chews and expels the books, creating a pulpy paste that can be applied to any fixed structure, though many writers will tell you that any space under eaves works well for temperature regulation and predator avoidance. Once your book structure is complete, you move on in, surrounded by the comforting smell of paper and your own warm breath, and there you remain until your insides melt. After a timeless age, your book home cracks and you emerge a wet and glistening writer. That's pretty much the best.(less)
Michael Van Vleet Don't ask living writers for advice. The world hasn't decided if they knew what they were doing yet. Living writers are oscillating bodies whipped…moreDon't ask living writers for advice. The world hasn't decided if they knew what they were doing yet. Living writers are oscillating bodies whipped between arrogant confidence and face-rending doubt, which gives off the necessary electrical charge-- this rapid changing of states-- required to fuel the creation of the unnecessary.

Occasionally of the actually-necessary.

But that's for the reader to decide and the reader lives somewhere in the future.

I guess my advice is: You wanna write? Maybe go write. It's as meaningful an activity as anything. Some people go to remote wilderness areas and stack rocks on top of each other. Self-expression takes strange forms. We're not here for very long.

Please stop asking questions. I am a living writer and my opinion has an indeterminate value.(less)
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The Spirit Left Me

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Me and What Army

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