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Composing a Writer #10. A Manuscript is Not a Book

Let's say pigs fly. You've written the thing you always wanted to write. It's a miracle. It's been in your mind...

Composing a Writer #9. Beta Readers, Secrets, and Dead Darlings

Most families have an odd relative. It's an uncle with hairy ears who drinks too much on holidays or a cousin who converted to a...

Composing a Writer #8. Editing the Editing

I was raised by a woman who chronically rearranged furniture. It was a nervous habit. Coming home late you had...

Composing a Writer #7. Criticism Wanted

I was fifty-nine years old and someone had scribbled "Why should I care?" in thick red ink on my hard-fought...

Composing a Writer #6. Writing for Readers

It's a moment of exquisite anxiety. The kind of anxiety that's prickly and blunt at the same time, and you...

Composing a Writer #5. Write Long, Write Short

As soon as I escaped, I started writing poems. I was barely eighteen and living four states away from my...

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