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A Strange and Mystic Business, Writing

The best writers prove they’re the best even when writing about how hard writing is for them. Witness this quote from John Steinbeck:

I suffer as always from the fear of putting down the first line. It is amazing the terrors, the magics, the prayers, the straitening shyness that assail one. It is as though the words were not only indelible but that they spread out like dye in water and color everything around them. A strange and mystic business, writing. (Quote by John Steinbeck)

And this from a man who created some of the most beautiful writing, some of the most memorable characters, and some of the most heart-wrenching stories of the twentieth century.

Meanwhile, today instead of writing, I’ve been engaged in “the writing life.” It started when I spotted a link in my Twitter feed to a nice article by Lauren Sapala, “5 Simple Tips for the Writer’s Website.” The tips are all worth implementing; in fact, most of them are things I’ve been advocating among my writing friends for some time—although, when I took a closer look, I found my own site didn’t actually have all the elements I’d been recommending. Ooops!  Continue reading

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