Month: June 2008

Struggle and the Writer

Went over to Ali’s today and we had one of those nice, long chats that you can have with truly good friends. Those chats tend to jump from subject to subject and somewhere along the line we talked about writing and struggling. On these blogs (see the bulk of them at right) we talk about…

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The Puzzle Pieces

Right below my feet (I’m sitting on a barstool, at home, not at a bar…) is a notebook containing FJR. It’s broken out into chapters, marked by those divider thingies you get from office supply stores. And I’m working on reivising the thing. It’s interesting work because I’m not really doing it in order. I…

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A Genius Question

Recently, on Ali’s blog, she posted a question about what to do when you realize that something you’ve written/are writing has been done before…and by people who are probably better than you. I have come to the conclusion that you should go ahead and write it anyway. But only if you are aware of what…

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Jane Austen and Stuff

For my hundreth post, it only seems fitting to chat about a literary great. Marie recently posted about Jane Austen. She asked the question Why do we look for the brilliance in the writer’s life? I have a similar question, especially as it regards Jane Austen: Why do we try to imitate their brilliance. There…

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Top Chef and the Bronze Medal

Last night I was watching Top Chef, a show that I love for many many reasons. One of the reasons I love it: The people are talented. “Reality” shows like Big Brother, where it’s Joe Blow and his cousin Dotty Rotten sitting around trying to jack with each other don’t impress me. Show me people…

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Critiquing, and again

I have read so much this week that words blur before my eyes in my sleep. I hear narrative when I’m not paying attention. At the last Underground meeting, John made a good point: critiquing helps you become a better writer…so do it or get kicked out of the group. Okay, he was a bit…

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