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“The first element is integrity of intention.”

Earlier this week, I attempted the impossible: at an evening writing class for adults, I addressed the topic of “telling the truth.” They wondered how much truth should be revealed. I wish now that I had brought along Inventing the … Continue reading

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“The problem is that an interesting life doesn’t make an interesting memoir.”

William Zinsser, author of Writing About Your Life, continues, “Only small pieces of a life make an interesting memoir.” Rather than attempting to write about important periods of history, “be content to tell your small portion of a larger story.” … Continue reading

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“One of the saddest sentences I know is ‘I wish I had asked my mother about that.'”

William Zinsser, a writer’s writer if there ever was one, died this week. I wonder how many of the authors whose books are featured in this blog have read or taught from On Writing Well. I agree with the editors … Continue reading

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