The Art of Giving Up

After the publication of his classic novel, Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison spent over forty years working on his sophomore effort, Juneteenth. When asked by an interviewer to explain the delay, he blamed it on a fire which destroyed his manuscript during the early 1970s. But now, nearly twenty years after his death in 1994, scholars […]

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Develop A Writing Habit

Writing is like anything: It requires practice. Practice requires commitment. And commitment turns into habit. Every good writer develops a writing habit, something that keeps her writing day after day after day. Well, maybe not everyday. But certainly it requires focusing on one’s priority. Sometimes it’s important to turn off the cell phone, to stop […]

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