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the writer's koans

For a while, we've been talking on and off about what we started calling "writer's koans." Which is to say, those pithy, exact little pieces of advice that first seem blindingly obvious, and then, as you learn, begin to unpack into mnemonics for breathtakingly complex logical structures and sets of skills.

truepenny just identified another one, something I've been saying for a while: "Don't look down."

Which, on the surface, means "Don't flinch." But unpacks in a lot of ways. observe. understand. look. report. speak truth.

Many of them may seem familiar.

"Send in a man with a gun."
"Omit needless words! Omit needless words!"
"Bleed on the page."

...and others, as previously discussed.

More conversation:

http://llygoden.livejournal.com/106023.html
http://matociquala.livejournal.com/438978.html
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