A Practical Alphabet for Writers: Z is for Zenith

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: Z is for Zenith

I used to dream that something was threatening me and I needed to run but I couldn’t move my legs, couldn’t propel my body into motion. In my waking life, a fear took hold that if I needed to run, I somehow wouldn’t be able to get going. Then one day I realized that...
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: Y is for Yes

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: Y is for Yes

Say yes to your writing every day. Say yes when people ask you to read, when a line comes to mind and desires you to grab a pen, when the time comes to wake up and write and you feel like sleeping or you don’t know if you have anything to say or the right words to say...
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: X is for X-Ray

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: X is for X-Ray

The more you write and read and edit others and edit yourself, the more you develop a kind of x-ray vision. You take a look at rows of text and see, at once, the flesh and flaws of it, the frame, the bones, the muscle, the hairline fractures, the breaks. Because you...
A Practical Alphabet for Writers: W is for Write

A Practical Alphabet for Writers: W is for Write

There is one way forward. Words to the page. Every day it feels like a bigger risk. Good. Take it, like a treasure left carelessly close to the mouth of a cave or a wallet left peeking from the mouth of a purse. Take the risk; agree to the fear. Write. Write your way...
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