Why I Write Reason 18: It Gives Me Confidence

“Bad writers tend to have self-confidence, while the good ones tend to have self-doubt.” Charles Bukowski There’s not other way to explain this other than to come out and say it: I don’t write because it gives me confidence about writing. I write because it gives me confidence about myself, my abilities, and the control…

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Writing Tips: Kurt Vonnegut

In 1999, a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s previously uncollected stories was published under the title Bagombo Snuff Box. He included the following 8 tips for writing a good short story. As I did last week with Kerouac, I wanted to go through them and add my own commentary. Not that I’m in any way qualified…

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Writing Tips: Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac’s not my favorite writer, but he led an interesting life and had some ideas that remain worthy of discussion. In The Portable Jack Kerouac there’s a list of 30 tips on writing and life that he chose to pass along. It’s a bit of word salad and at times looks like a collect…

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