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Fire Up Your Writing Brain by Susan Reynolds

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Chapter 3

Identify Your Writing Brain

What Kind of Writer Are You?

“The writer must be four people:

The nut; [that is] the obsédé [the obsessed]

The moron

The stylist and

The critic.

(1) Supplies the material; (2) lets it come out; (3) is taste; (4) is intelligence. A great writer has all four—but you can still be a good writer with only 1 and 2; they’re most important.”

Susan Sontag

We remember through stories. Most of the elements of our lives—our experiences, knowledge, dreams, hopes, and wishes—all create and thrive on story. It’s clearly how our distant ancestors learned, how countless parents, mentors, and teachers conveyed knowledge and wisdom through the ages, by first focusing on what their offspring needed to know to survive, and later ...

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