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Writing With Quiet Hands by Paula Munier

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Chapter Fourteen

Good Writers and Good Friends

“It’s a cliché, but true, that writing is intensely solitary and at times really lonely. I sit in one room and talk to squirrels and blue jays all day.” —Douglas Coupland

Every writer must make his peace with the loneliness that often accompanies the writing life. Doing good work requires solitude; even when you are sitting in a room filled with family, à la Jane Austen, you’re still alone with your thoughts and your pen. You’re on your own in your head—and that head can be a lonely place.

No writer walks alone. Just as we need to balance the mental exertion of writing with physical activity, we need to balance the solitude of writing with meaningful relationships with friends and family. They are ...

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