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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Spinning Top

Spinning TopSome of my recent work has me feeling like a spinning top. Wind up. Release. Bump and clatter against floor. The top wobbles slightly, holds its center. It spins, spins, spins, whirling out new content at every turn.

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Blood on the Page

Blood on the PageThere is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. — Ernest Hemingway

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