Thought of the Week
Writing well takes time. It isn’t an instinct. You are not born with it. You do not accidentally write a stupendous tale. You develop this talent with hard work and a crazy number of hours invested in making your craft better. So . . . maybe you do have this story. Now comes the hard part. Now’s when you decide how much homework you’re willing to do to do that story justice.
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