18. When the experience is the point
A changeup isn't just a slow pitch; it's a pitch expected to be fast that is suddenly, surprisingly, slow.
17. What does 'successful writing' mean?
Writing about experiences to understand them can become a slippery slope to "I need to get this essay published."
16. Writing emotion
My writing has to move me first if I hope it will touch your heart.
15. The invisible work of a book
The more I write, the closer I cling to the books that, in turn, provoke, comfort, and move me.
14. We who are miscast
We're all making our minds up about each other. I hope there's some wiggle room left for change.
13. Fear is expensive
I used to hoard story ideas for someday when I'd be a "good enough" writer.
12. Our lattice of familiarity
I find great joy in seeing the connections between things or ideas that aren't in the same bubble.
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