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Dani Shapiro on the Pleasures and Perils of Writing & the Creative Life

Dani Shapiro on the Pleasures and Perils of Writing & the Creative Life | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

"It is in the thousands of days of trying, failing, sitting, thinking, resisting, dreaming, raveling, unraveling that we are at our most engaged, alert, alive."

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There is a mysterious and thought-provoking question; why do people want to write?

 

The answers are as varied as the individual writers themselves. The soul stirs, quickens, when pen is put to paper or fingers fly on the keyboard.

 

The writer's life is greatly romanticized. However, it requires grit. The truth is it can be very lonely. Take heed--if you choose this writer's life--you must drown in it.

 

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Link to the original article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/10/21/still-writing-dani-shapiro/

 

 

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 25, 2013 8:30 AM

So many of these quotes resonated with me. Here's one: "The British author and psychologist Adam Phillips has noted, “When we are inspired, rather like when we are in love, we can feel both unintelligible to ourselves and most truly ourselves.” This is the feeling I think we all yearn for, a kind of hyperreal dream state."

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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love! via PHILOSBOOKS

Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love!  via PHILOSBOOKS | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.

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This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

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Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

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♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, May 6, 2014 5:45 PM

Writing is love

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This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

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Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 12:38 PM
I try writing daily. It is a stream of consciousness process. I don't edit until later. I was surprised how challenging writing like this is, but have found it benefits my writing.
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Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press

Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Writer's block is something that has always plagued the writing profession. It can drive you mad, and sometimes gets worse and worse.
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Every writer's nightmare―dreaded writer's block. If you haven't experienced it yet, you will. Life ebbs and flows, and that includes our writing.

The best way to deal and get writing again? Perhaps your body, mind, and soul need a break. Maybe take a short trip. I'm going to take day trips once a week that require only one tank of gas. First destination on the list? Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's old homestead in Cross Creek. Perhaps my inspiration will be hiding amongst old oaks where she wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel, "The Yearling."
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100 Days of Flash Fiction Prompts | creative writing blog

100 Days of Flash Fiction Prompts | creative writing blog | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Writing flash fiction is a terribly satisfying way to spend an hour or two. For your fleet-fingered effusions, I’ve collated all my Twitter flash fiction prompts into a handy ebook.

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This lady, as in "The Lady Writer," is very generous with her plot outlines and templates. She's graciously provided us with creative writing prompts which can be downloaded as an ebook. I love 'em, as they're the oil that greases the wheels of the 'ole brain, and gets it chugging again. Lady has shared 100 days of flash fiction prompts, and if the idea makes your hand cramp, then try 30. Ready, set, go!

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The Chinese Factory Workers Who Write Poems on Their Phones - LitHub.com

The Chinese Factory Workers Who Write Poems on Their Phones - LitHub.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

"It’s hard to think of anywhere in the world where becoming a poet is a canny career move, but this is especially true for the poorest and most disadvantaged."

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This is not just a story of would-be poets, but a story of hope. These factory workers in China may be at a disadvantage, but they have their dreams, and finding a way to write. An enriching read for your day!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 20, 12:42 PM
Writing poetry is one way of lifting one's self above the oppression and naming it.
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5 weak words to whack from your writing – 100 Naked Words

5 weak words to whack from your writing – 100 Naked Words | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
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Here's a nice, quick tune-up for fine writing. Skim your work for these ugly 5, and hack 'em out. Your readers will thank you for it.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 21, 12:08 PM
Another one for me is "lots of." The list is longer than five or six words. When I began my PhD, one of the professors advised a group of us to avoid using words ending in -ly. He said we should always ask if adds to our writing.
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Amazon Author Insights — Developing a powerful writing habit By Honorée...

Amazon Author Insights — Developing a powerful writing habit By Honorée... | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Paths to accomplishments are paved with strict habits. Get your writing habit nailed down now!
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Now be honest. Raise your hand if you "think" you have no time to write. *blushes with hand raised* 

What's the answer? Habits. The key to getting anything done in life whether flossing, exercising, eating, or writing! Now make it a daily entry in your Google (my new fav) or paper calendar, set an alarm, and sprint for 15 minutes. You'll have a book done in no time flat.

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How to Write a Book: Everything You Need to Know in 20 Steps: JerryJenkins.com

How to Write a Book: Everything You Need to Know in 20 Steps: JerryJenkins.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
As a 21-time New York Times bestselling author, I can tell you it’s easier to quit than to finish. But with this plan, you can learn how to write a book.
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Jerry Jenkins, author of the uber-successful series, "Left Behind," shares 20 steps to writing a book. Each step is a also a hyperlink that goes into more detail. If you're paralyzed, and can't get that pen moving, print this out and get writing!

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Brevity Is Bliss: The Best Short Story Collections to Read Now - Signature

Brevity Is Bliss: The Best Short Story Collections to Read Now - Signature | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
May is all about celebrating short stories, and Signature wants to take part in the fun. Here are 17 short story collections to read right now.
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Everyone is strapped for time, cozying up with a book has become a luxury, and short stories are all the rage. As you scan these titles, keep in mind that "best" is subjective to the author's lifestyle and personal likes. Some of these book synopses cry out for a look. It only takes a few words to touch your soul.

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Writing Is Easier When You Stop Trying So Hard

Writing Is Easier When You Stop Trying So Hard | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Struggling to make progress with your writing? Maybe you need to step back and take a breath. 

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Stop trying so hard! Dare we say even if it means not writing for a spell? Yes, is the advice given by this author. You may need to take a step back for your writing to recover.

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 24, 11:57 PM
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 1, 8:40 PM
Several years ago, I started writing in a stream of consciousness way. For me, it was challenging. At first, I corrected errors, looked for the right word, and judged content. Over time, I have become less focused on being perfect and getting ideas on paper using cursive writing.
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Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills

Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
From some of the experts in our midst comes a host of powerful and effective writing exercises that will get students thinking critically and creatively.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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I love these suggestions for writing exercises! These are super for students, but will work equally well for writers of all ages.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 8, 6:06 PM

There are some wonderful ideas here, most of which can be modified easily for different grade levels. They don't have to be limited to creative writing because the skills themselves can be applicable to a range of writing activities.

Charlie Dare's curator insight, March 28, 6:51 AM
Scripts have to be written~ There are some wonderful ideas here, most of which can be modified easily for your production project in mind. They don't have to be limited to creative writing because the skills themselves can be applicable to a range of writing activities.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 3:45 PM
I wish I had known about these when I taught. I used some of them i.e. visual prompts and describing something in a 100 words.

Morning writing would have been a great idea. Students could have walked in and written about was happening in their lives.
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How to Use Your Writing-Life Magic Wand (Or, Finding Your Groove, Part One.)

How to Use Your Writing-Life Magic Wand (Or, Finding Your Groove, Part One.) | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Sometimes I am all about balance. I want to work in that exact rhythm of nurturing all parts of my life: getting good work done, but also seeing plenty of friends, discovering new places in the city, and being an all-around good citizen. 

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I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon this young writer's website, but I'm glad I did. One of the freshest voices I've read in quite a while, she doles out juicy wisdom nuggets on writing and life. Enjoy!

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 4, 8:23 PM
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The Best of Copyblogger: 2016 Edition - Copyblogger

The Best of Copyblogger: 2016 Edition - Copyblogger | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Catch up on Sonia Simone's top picks from the Copyblogger blog during 2016 ... and get a sneak peek at Copyblogger's manifesto for 2017.
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As 2017 fast approaches and 2016 draws to a close, one of my favorite writing websites, Copyblogger, sums up their best of the best advice.

Start your New Year off with a bang! Bookmark this site quick.

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Deborah Fillman's comment, January 4, 12:36 AM
Great share! Thanks, I needed a nudge to get motivated!
Deborah Fillman's curator insight, January 4, 12:37 AM
As 2017 fast approaches and 2016 draws to a close, one of my favorite writing websites, Copyblogger, sums up their best of the best advice.

Start your New Year off with a bang! Bookmark this site quick.

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Penelope's comment, January 4, 9:53 AM
Glad you liked it, Deborah! Have a wonderful writing year. :)
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Falling Behind During NaNoWriMo? 3 Tips to Get You Back on Track

Falling Behind During NaNoWriMo? 3 Tips to Get You Back on Track | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
If you get behind on your NaNoWriMo word count goal, here are three tips to help you write more quickly and get back on track.
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It's the middle of November, so hopefully all you NaNoWriMo writers are up to 25,000 words. However, if not, try these three fun tips to get back on track all the way to "The End."


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15 Creepy Books Recommended by Margaret Atwood  BookBub.com

15 Creepy Books Recommended by Margaret Atwood  BookBub.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
15 books recommended by Margaret Atwood, including great dystopian books. Featuring classic novels like 'Brave New World' and recent fiction.
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Like getting spooked? Prolific author, Margaret Atwood, recommends 15 creepy ones for your enjoyment.

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How to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year, According to Harvard Research

How to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year, According to Harvard Research | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Reading is a huge key to success and wealth, but how can you actually benefit from this habit as a busy adult? I’ve said it many times: reading books is a major key to success.

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Read before you decide to write. Sage advice, but when? One tip from this author is...there are hidden minutes everywhere. Find yours.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 30, 1:31 PM
There are many hidden moments to read.
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Creative Writing Tools - eadeverell.com

Creative Writing Tools - eadeverell.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
“ This is a list of creative writing and self-publishing tools, apps and websites + a few extra that I thought would help! 

Via Ariana Amorim, Jim Lerman, Shannon Bolithoe , Sharon Bakar
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A veritable treasure trove of advice and links for writers. Keep this in your toolbox!

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John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction: NYTimes.com

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction: NYTimes.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
“All suggestions can be ignored when necessary,” says the best-selling author, but ignore them at your own peril. (And put away that thesaurus.)
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Writing Do's and Don'ts courtesy of astounding plotter and prolific author, John Grisham!

My favorite suggestion is to not write the first scene until you know the last. Then you have a destination in mind, which should make the journey a heck of a lot easier.

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Forget About Being a Good Writer (And Do This Instead)

Forget About Being a Good Writer (And Do This Instead) | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

People often ask me what it takes to be a good writer. The short answer? I don’t know. The slightly longer answer? I don’t know, and I don’t care. 

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Good vs. effective writing? Yes, there is a major difference as Jeff Goins so delicately describes.

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195 Powerful Verbs That'll Instantly Spice Up Your Writing

195 Powerful Verbs That'll Instantly Spice Up Your Writing | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Good writing is about well-chosen nouns and powerful verbs, not adjectives and adverbs. What constitutes a tired verb? Here’s what to look for:
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Dynamic tips to metamorphose your writing from meh to meow! 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 31, 12:03 PM
When I wrote and re-wrote my rubrics, I used verbs to create an action for students. It was also a great grammar lesson when we went over the rubrics. Verbs and action drive good writing.
Agi Anderson's curator insight, June 15, 6:16 AM
Worthy read about the Power of verbs!
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How to Play With Words (and Find Your Voice)

How to Play With Words (and Find Your Voice) | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Is your word choice a tad staid? This tutorial helps you play with words so your writing stands out. Includes various examples plus a word choice exercise.
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Cat got your tongue when it comes to putting words to paper? Well, kick out the cat and keep silent no more! Henneke enchants us yet again with her magical formula to find our voice. Cough out that fur ball and be silent no more!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 2, 7:07 PM
I used poetry with students to help them play with and find words. Poetry writing is a way to discover and express who we are through our voice.

The points at the end of the article are insightful. It reads more like a know your audience list, as opposed to a do and don't do list.
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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic

The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Maya Eilam is a freelance New York City graphic designer making digital and printed works that bring creativity to communication. Including websites, logos, social media graphics, custom lettering, illustration, photography, infographics, and more.

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Visuals are wonderful learning tools, and this beautiful infographic is a keeper. Created by an artist to depict "The Shapes of Stories" by Kurt Vonnegut, the pictures are worth a thousand words.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 20, 12:38 PM
This would be an interesting way to teach writing in school. There are certain basic literary archetypes that teachers could focus on. this is not an exhaustive list, but is a great place to begin
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Why Novellas (aka Short Novels) are Making a Comeback (and Five Great Posts for Novella-Writers)

Why Novellas (aka Short Novels) are Making a Comeback (and Five Great Posts for Novella-Writers) | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Novellas have, since e-publishing took off, become far more popular than they used to be.


Via elearning hoje
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I love this post stating the case for aspiring authors to begin with a novella (or short novel). It's only 20-40K words, the cast of characters small, and the action fast paced. If writing 70,000 words is daunting, give a novella a try, and consider creating a series to boost readership.

Easy to write, easy to read.

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The Best Job in the World: LucyFlint.com

The Best Job in the World: LucyFlint.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

When I'm good and happy with my writing project, when I've had a solid two weeks of decent output, regular insights, normalish emotions, then I'm ready to put a cherry on top of everything and declare writing the best job in the world.

I mean, it is, right?

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I just had to scoop another article from Lionhearted Lucy Flint. Her writing is that good, and you can feel her passion and soul in all of it.

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 7, 3:29 PM
I agree entirely. When your book is out, it's very gratifying.

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How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist

How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
I love a good page turner. There are few things more satisfying to me then starting a book and not physically being able to put it down. So much so that you look up from said book only to realize that you've been in your pajamas all day, and now it's nighttime. Such was the wonderful…
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I absolutely love stories that stand up the hair on your arms--those rare plots where you never know what's lurking around each corner and senses are firing on all cylinders.

Want to know how to write your own creeper? This article gives us some really great ideas for a whiplash of a ride sure to thrill the reader.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 20, 12:39 PM
I like the idea of starting with something that you never pull off. Students could buy into that.
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Florida Humanities Council: How a beloved author learned to love Christmas in Florida

Florida Humanities Council: How a beloved author learned to love Christmas in Florida | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
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In the spirit of celebrating Christmas in Florida, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writes about the way we do things differently here.

A nice slice of history for the holidays.

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Write On: 27 of the Best Books on Writing: Medium.com

Write On: 27 of the Best Books on Writing: Medium.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Writing is, as a general rule, hard. Defining yourself as a writer can be even harder. Sure, there are other difficult practices like law and medicine out there, but a person becomes a lawyer or a…
Via bobbygw
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The methods of book writing are myriad, and the how-to's of the craft infinite.These are one blogger's perspective on 27 of the best. I do agree with the recommendations of Stephen King's "On Writing" and Anne Lamott's, "Bird by Bird." Some of the others have been on my list to read.

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