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Writing towards the Truth

On page 112 of ‘Rising Above the Plains’, John McPhee writes about a time the geologist David Love was learning German and how he came across this line in a book. ‘There is an inscription above a doorway at the German Naval Officers School in Kiel that reads, ‘Say not ‘This is the truth’ butContinue reading “Writing towards the Truth”

Immortal Flowers

I begin by paying attention to the thoughts I have when I am not writing. These appear at any time as I am sure you know. It is usually when I am having a shower or ironing shirts or sitting on buses. I have got in the habit of writing these on slips of paperContinue reading “Immortal Flowers”

Writing the first draft

Just write. Don’t worry about the research. Start when two worlds collide. This gives an edge that generates tension and anticipation. The story is then born in the space where the objective and the subjective touch, where a man or woman seeks something that lies just beyond their reach. Start by writing what you wantContinue reading “Writing the first draft”

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