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Isaac Asimov wrote 500+ books. Did he do it just to make me feel bad?

Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, with a book count of over 500 as well as countless articles, letters, and short stories. Why did he have to do this? Did he think the rest of … Continue reading

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Ralph Ellison became highly visible after he wrote “The Invisible Man” but he couldn’t finish the second novel.

Ralph Ellison’s fist novel, The Invisible Man was critically acclaimed and a bestseller after its publication in 1952. By the time he died in 1994 he had written over two thousand pages on his second novel Juneteenth, which was begun … Continue reading

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Henry Miller outdoes God with his “Commandments” for writing

Henry Miller’s commandments for his work schedule are listed in the edited book, Henry Miller on Writing,( pg 161).  God’s more famous list of commandments were intended for all of Moses’ flock to obey, but Miller’s apply to him alone. They … Continue reading

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Chimps, writing, and the funky monkey mind

Writers are usually very bright people with very active minds, and the words that flow onto the page are wonderful representations and distillations of that inspired cranial activity. But sometimes this dynamic inner festival of thought takes a funky turn … Continue reading

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Do you worry about how much you should worry about writing?

It almost doesn’t matter whether you believe worrying about writing is helpful or not. Bobby McFerrin likes to sing “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” but if you’re worried, you’re worried, and it might not be so helpful to have Bobby tell you … Continue reading

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Steve Martin’s writing block as comedy writer for the Smothers Brothers

While Steve Martin’s engaging book Born Standing Up is primarily about his incredible standup comedy career, it also gives the reader an informative glimpse into the life of a comedy writer.  In addition to being a talented goofball, Martin is also … Continue reading

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Elvis made millions as a writer without writing a word. He rocked, but was he blocked?

The King was so famous that his manger, Col. Tom Parker, could demand that songwriters share songwriting credit with Elvis, even though he had nothing to do with the writing the songs. The songwriters would agree to this because they … Continue reading

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