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LEARN TO WRITE


According to an old joke (perhaps a true story), there’s this ad in a magazine:

Learn to write novels.

Easy-to-understand instructions.

Send $20.

You send money to the given address and in return they send you a dictionary with the instructions “Some assembly required.”

Joke aside, that’s all there’s to it really, whether you want to write stories, poems, or novels, though learning that assembly takes time and practice, often years.

Writing is crafted by putting together small blocks to make bigger ones, letters to words, words to sentences, sentences to paragraphs, and so on.

If enough people insist that something is true (or false, right (or wrong), a heck of a lot of people will believe it.  Especially if the insisters are persistent, charismatic, popular and/or attractive.

Photographs are stories spoken in an international language.

Thought for the day: ” Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows , bringing light to bear on the dark corners where toubles fester.  The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”  Sidney J. Harris, journalist and author

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One comment on “LEARN TO WRITE

  1. A great Québec poet, songwriter and singer, well not so great as a singer, gilles Vigneault when coaching young authors (he is now 78 years of age) tells them:”A dictionary contains all the poems in the universe”.
    That ad may be right after all and the tool very appropriate…and cheap at 20$.
    One exercize he likes very much: open a dictionary at random, close your eyes and point to a word then write a text using that word for starter. I tried it and it is fun.

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