Life In America

The land is so flat and open it seems like you’re looking clear across north America and that maybe the tips of Chicago’s skyscrapers will, on a clear day, be visible 1000 miles to the north. At the furthest reaches of your vision, in a complete circle, level with that vision, where the skyline touches…

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Stealing Fear

Your work needs a theme.  So find your fear.  This is hard.  Find out what you’re afraid of then dramatize that.  That is your theme. If you can’t think of one steal one until it’s yours now. Fear is one thing.  Identifying that fear is another.  Clarify and solidify a few fears and then dramatize…

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“Make It Don’t Say It”

“Make It Don’t Say It” The action creates the feeling.  You cannot tell someone how to feel by describing your own.  You can only show them.  The implicit demand behind “do you love me?” has worked zero times in the history of abstract thought. “All you have to do is write one true sentence.  Write…

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Relentless Nature

    Relentless Nature Dan was the new kid at school.  In the car ride home his mom read between the lines of his silence. She thought for a moment.  “Dan, sweetie, it’s the weirdos, the standouts, that get all the juice out of life.  It’s because of the snowball-effect. “The snowball-effect is a variation…

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