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Be Brave When You Write

One of my writing teachers made a great point the very first day of my M.F.A. program. She noticed that the young writers today seemed to be lacking in courage when compared to the writing of the past. There has been an enormous proliferation of "kind of" and "sort of" in writing, she noticed. My teacher was right; all of these little verbal tics begin to add up to a general weakening of the piece, creating a lack of authority and confidence in the writing. (Read more »)

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