The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

Everybody’s a critic… As you go along in your writing life, you’ll encounter the myriad opinions on your work.  Acknowledge the positive stuff with a puzzled smile (yes writers are that insecure), accept those that call you out on the obvious stuff as knowing what they’re talking about and consider the agendas of those who …

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So I was watching Spike Lee’s new documentary, “If God is willing and da creek don’t rise,” last night.  I was struck by the one mother whose poem, the documentary is named after.  She talked about not being able to go back to New Orleans because there simply wasn’t any sort of program available for …

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A friend of the family used to say to me when I was much younger, “You can go off people.”  How right she was.  One of the real issues with the writing life is the constant waiting for the next thing to happen.  Of course that next thing is usually about money.  Money becomes a …

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Nothing scares me more than a, “True believer.”  Religious fervor is not just limited to fundamentalists of that stripe.  Fundamentalism comes in many shapes and sizes but the end result is the same, a lack of openness to any reasonable discussion about their particular cause.  You know them when you meet them, you can see …

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