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When difficult things can’t get done, it’s too bad. When easy things can’t get done, and there’s no good reason, it’s more than too bad. It makes everything seem deep down mean and petty.
Richard Russo, Straight Man

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Writing is not measured in page counts, I now believe, any more than a writer is defined by publication credits. To be a writer is to make a commitment to the long haul, as one does (especially as one gets older) to keeping fit and healthy for as long a run as possible. For me, this means staying active physically and creatively, switching it up, remaining curious and interested in learning new skills (upon finishing this piece, for instance, I’m going on my final open-water dive to become a certified scuba diver), and of course giving myself ample periods of rest, days or even weeks off. I know that the writer in me, like the lifelong fitness devotee, will be better off.

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Interview-in-excerpts

I did an interview using excerpts from Naked Summer for my answers—something the website was doing at the time, but they decided not to share my responses, or lost the damn thing, or whatever. After unearthing the interview in a folder today, I decided to share it here.

1.    What is writing like?

The pole flexed and bent, but he got nowhere. He waded into deeper water, still winding the line, but the fish didn’t budge.

2.    What isn’t writing like?

Then all three of us left for the bar.

3.    When you do it, why?

Above all, he’d keep quiet and to himself and try to forget this, and work to be different than the adults he knew. Nothing had been decided, he reminded himself. He couldn’t give up just yet.

4.    When you don’t, why?

I could have made better decisions, like quitting my job and finding another kind of living. I felt as pinned as the downed phone lines along the road, caught under a sequence of bad choices.

 

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TOTALLY ADDICTED.

TOTALLY ADDICTED.

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We tried to make our characters as human and empathetic as possible. Instead of merely emphasizing their super feats, we attempted to make their personal life and personal problems as realistic and as interesting as possible. We wanted to make them seem like real people whom the reader would like to spend time with and want to know better.
Stan “the Man” Lee

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The creative life is forgiving: You can betray it all you want, again and again, and no matter how many times you do, it will always take you back.