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Writing With Quiet Hands by Paula Munier

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Chapter Thirteen

Devices and Desire

“… As far as productivity goes in writing, I just find a quiet life is much the best kind to write out of. It is true that you need to kind of know what makes the world go around so entire quietness isn’t to be desired either, but by and large regular habits and making a firm alliance with a few people seems to me to be a nice way for this particular set of genes and muscles to go through our vale of tears.” —John Updike

Writing with quiet hands means writing from a calm and centered, energized and engaged place. That said, maintaining that kind of grace and grit during the creative process can be a challenge. Approaching writing as a craft can help you avoid the dubious devices some writers use to face the ...

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