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Deborah Rose Reeves

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Reader, Writer. Irish, currently holed up and bunkering down in Portland, Oregon.

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I know there's a lot of reading challenges going around, but I wanted to make one of my own centered around how to .

I wrote a little blog about the challenge on my site, would love for you to join along! I'm doing it and will share the books I pick for each category!

https://paperbacksandfrybread.com/blogs/news/decolonize-your-bookshelf-reading-challenge-for-2023

Verlyn Klinkenborg: Several short sentences about writing (2012, Alfred A. Knopf) 4 stars

Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It's the harmful debris …

The central fact of your education is this: You've been taught to believe that what you discover by thinking, By examining your own thoughts and perceptions, Is unimportant and unauthorized. As a result, you fear thinking, And you don't believe your thoughts are interesting, Because you haven't learned to be interested in them.

There's another possibility: You may be interested in your thoughts, But they don't have much to do with anything you've ever been asked to write.

The same is true of what you notice. You don't even notice what you notice, Because nothing in your education has taught you that what you notice is important.

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Verlyn Klinkenborg: Several short sentences about writing (2012, Alfred A. Knopf) 4 stars

Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It's the harmful debris …

[...] what if meaning isn't the sole purpose of the sentence? What if it's only the chief attribute among many, a tool, among others, that helps the writer shape or revise the sentence? What if the virtue, the value, of the sentence is the sentence itself and not its extractable meaning? What if you wrote as though sentences can't be summarized? What if you value every one of a sentence's attributes and not merely its meaning?

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Verlyn Klinkenborg: Several short sentences about writing (2012, Alfred A. Knopf) 4 stars

Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It's the harmful debris …

A writer's real work is the endless winnowing of sentences, the relentless exploration of possibilities, the effort, over and over again, to see in what you started out to say, the possibility of saying something you didn't know you could.

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Verlyn Klinkenborg: Several short sentences about writing (2012, Alfred A. Knopf) 4 stars

Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It's the harmful debris …

Why are we talking about sentences? Why not talk about the work as a whole, about shape, form, genre, the book, the feature story, the profile, even the paragraph?

The answer is simple. Your job as a writer is making sentences. Most of your time will be spent making sentences in your head. In your head. Did no one ever tell you this? That is the writer's life. Never imaging you've left the level of the sentence behind.

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Verlyn Klinkenborg: Several short sentences about writing (2012, Alfred A. Knopf) 4 stars

Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It's the harmful debris …

What you don't know about writing is also a form of knowledge, though much harder to grasp. Try to discern the shape of what you don't know and why you don't know it, whenever you get a glimpse of your ignorance. Don't fear it or be embarrassed by it. Acknowledge it. What you don't know and why you don't know it are information too.

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