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Why Language Is Your Only True Power

“One must avoid ambition in order to write. Otherwise something else is the goal: some kind of power beyond the power of language. And the power of language, it seems to me, is the only kind of power a writer is entitled to.”  – Cynthia Ozick Avoid ambition? Is that even possible? It’s always seemed to me it takes a
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Why Language Matters

 “Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.”  – Rita Mae Brown Writing is editing. You know that. You accept that. But do you love it? I’m serious. It’s easy to love writing, even when you don’t. But editing? Who loves that?    And yet, if you plan to continue your career as a writer, it may be time to learn. When people ask me about
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Why editing isn’t just the how but the what  

Whenever I work with new authors, they’re eager and excited. And almost always they want to focus on how they did—whether the structure they used works and how well it “flows.” But what I find almost 100% of the time is that first, they need help hearing what they said. And without exception, it’s surprising to them to realize what
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