Saturday, April 30, 2011

Reading about writing

Reading about writing is like admitting you are a poverty-striken serf. You, unable to make your ground bear fruit, glean advice from the fields of the greats; you marvel at their estates; you are moved by their work. Each grain of wisdom glistens.

Upon sitting at your own keyboard, you wonder if you'll be able to make even a biscuit from this harvest. Then you wonder if, rather than pounding the grain, you should just resign yourself to your coffee and "The Three Stooges", the one where Moe gets a climber's spike stuck in his ear.

If you're more in the mood for an actual article on writing, try Po Bronson's Advice to Writers.

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