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Fierce on The Page by Sage Cohen

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Get to the Place of Grace

A piece of writing is organic material. It starts with the single cell of an idea, and then invents itself through our labored accompaniment into an expansion of blood and bones, eyelashes, the sweet in-and-out rhythm of breathing.

You probably prefer to think you know your writing intimately. It came through you, after all. You chose to make it, and you are in charge. Right? Until, like a young child, it wanders out of the house while you are sleeping, releases the car’s emergency break, and rolls out into the middle of the intersection. Until it ruins the rug with nail polish. For the third time.

No matter how experienced you may be, each piece of writing arrives on its own terms, and you must learn to interpret ...

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