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December 10, 2012

I’ve been reading Hemingway today and yesterday, the day before and all week. I’ve been reading him because, it seems to me, my prose has become weary and rigid lately and I need to recharge.
Hemingway is the one of my source writers, the writers that
touched me when I first read them and made me think of writing as a valuable profession.  A profession worth throwing all else over for.
And one of the writers who made me think that I could write as well.
The others who come to mind as I write this are Richard Brautigan, Joan Dideon, Maxine Hong Kingston, Dylan Thomas (his prose),  James Agee and Anne Dillard.
And these are the ones I go back to when my creative fires begin to smolder.  Reading them fans my flames and warms me with the fire of their genius.  After a bit I feel like diving back into my mind and writing about what I find there.
This is something I recommend for any writer.  Think back to the beginning and remember the writers that inspired you.  When you find yourself spinning your wheels, go back and read them again.  This is what works for me and I hope it will work for you.


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