Saturday thoughts

It’s important not to be afraid of being derivative in private writing exercises.  This is where we have our best chance of taking the writing of someone we admire and envy and winnowing out precisely what it is about their work that speaks to us so deeply.  This is where we have our best chance of experimenting until we can reproduce that effect in our own work, in our own way.  We can only get there by trying, failing, and trying again, which is only going to happen if we can be patient with ourselves during the process.

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