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Writing With Quiet Hands by Paula Munier

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Chapter One

A Commitment to Craft

“Would that my hands were meant to build. Then I would know what to say.” —Pierce Brown

Quiet hands are sure hands, hands that know what they are doing. They’re the light hands of the accomplished equestrienne, calmly holding the reins of a thoroughbred longing to leap. They are the strong hands of a Taekwondo master, striking a steep stack of solid bricks. And they are the supple hands of the craftsperson, skillfully shaping raw material into artful form. The sculptor at her marble. The whittler at his wood. The potter at her wheel.

The best writers are quiet-handed craftspeople, too. Novelist Isaac Asimov attributed his prolific output to quiet hands on the keys, “thinking through my fingers.” Songwriter Paul ...

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