You Keep Going

You Keep GoingTo create art is to risk failure. It’s that simple. Some people can’t live with that reality. They want their work to come forth fully formed, Athena emerging from Zeus’ head.

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How to be a Better Writer: Face the Lion

Face the LionA work in progress quickly becomes feral…It is a lion you cage in your study. As the work grows, it gets harder to control; it is a lion growing in strength. You just visit it every day and reassert your mastery over it. —Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Starting a new draft has fears associated with it. Continuing with the one you’ve begun is a different matter. It has its own fears.

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Running the Metaphor

Running the MetaphorSometimes, you end up running the metaphor. The rain starts to fall, externalizing, echoing the heart’s aches. It drums against the body, perhaps a soft, warm brush against skin or staccato. Hard, abrupt, cold.

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