Rewrite Man

01.03.2012 writing

John McNulty is a writer who is largely forgotten today, unknown even by the fairly well-read. His pieces in the New Yorker were jewels, slices of New York life. They were simply perfection. If you love Damon Runyon (and I do), you’ll likely find John McNulty even better, with a more natural command of the [...]

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Cutting Your Own Material

10.13.2011 blogging

Some writers, or those who want to be writers, are oppressed, even terrified, by the blank page, the empty screen. I have no fear of those things. What’s more difficult for me is to change what has already been written. The real work of writing is rewriting, cutting, and distilling. I spend a lot of [...]

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