Rick Killian

Lessons from a ghost . . .

To hell with last words.
Let’s try to make
one sentence
that’s rightly positioned
within a manageable context
so that we can utter it
to somebody else
and they’ll understand it.

—Wendell Berry
Wendell Berry discusses life

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Finding Your Best Path to Getting Published

Finding Your Best Path to Getting Published

After spending more than twenty years helping people get their books into print, I have seen the industry pivot a few times. Here’s how I explain the process to authors who come to me today looking to get published. …

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I would stand and
look out over
the roofs of Paris
and think, “Do not worry.
You have always written
before and
you will write now.
All you have to do is write
one true sentence.
Write the truest sentence
that you know.”

—Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast

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Five Things Writer’s Block Might Be Trying to Tell You

Five Things Writer’s Block Might Be Trying to Tell You

You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block. —John Rogers In its most essential form, writing is transcribing thinking onto paper. (There’s is more to it after that, but often that’s not writing, that’s editing,...

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Storytelling is
the most powerful
way to put ideas
into the world today.
Stories are the creative
conversion of life itself
into a more powerful,
more meaningful experience.
They are the currency
of human contact.

—Robert McKee

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If a nation loses its storytellers,
it loses its childhood.

—Peter Handke

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