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Writing With Quiet Hands by Paula Munier

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Chapter Three

Writing as Practice

“Anything we fully do is an alone journey.” —Natalie Goldberg

Now that you know how to engage your muse, it’s time to marry craft and inspiration and put it on the page. This is the part where you actually have to write something. Where you sit down and write word after word for hours a day every day until you reach The End. This is otherwise known as practice.

The word practice gets a bad rep. It reminds us of all those painful hours we spent practicing the piano as a kid. Or at least that’s what it reminds me of: suffering under the tutelage of Sister Elizabeth at St. Peter and Paul’s Elementary School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sister Elizabeth was not one of those lovely singing nuns from The Sound of Music. She ...

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