F is for Flibbertigibbet

F is for Flibbertigibbet—Write RightFlibbertigibbet sounds like “bibbidi-bobbidi-boo” or “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” The sound is appropriate, considering that flibbertigibbet means a silly or flighty person. All three phrases convey a sense of the nonsensical and the downright “atrocious.” (Thank you, Mary Poppins.)

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Sustainable Art

Sustainable Art—Write Right“There are different questions that an aspiring artist can ask.

“One question is, ‘What must I do to be famous?’

“This question will open up a writer to all manner of destructive forces both within and without. We’ve all seen it play out.

“A different question, and one asked much less often is, ‘What must I do to make this sustainable?’

“Songwriting, painting, acting, writing—these are all crafts that one can practice over the course of a lifetime. You can get better — grow — for a long, long time.”

— Linford Detweiler, Over the Rhine

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How to be a Better Writer: Invite the Muse

How to be a Better Writer: Invite the Muse—Write Right“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’” — Maya Angelou

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