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There’s a strange misconception that, to be a writer, the smartest thing to do is go head-over-heels into debt for an MFA, and then move to New York to work in publishing and be close to the action.

The missing step there, though, is actually doing the thing.

When does the writing start?

Being close to the action is still very far from being the action. It’s often not about what you’re doing most of the time, but how you’re using the small bits of time.

Instead of moving to New York, there’s the option to go somewhere quieter. There’s the option to work in something else, to save some money, to have a “regular” life -- except for the hour or two a day you spend in action.

Instead of nine hours a day circling the action, you spend time every day fully engaged in it.

And soon enough, those hours add up, and those words come together.
And then you’ve written something great, without wasting all that time trying to get close.


In these times of political whack-a-mole, it's good to remember that we Americans are, at our core, a nation of immigrants. Different peoples, different drums.

And we would be foolish to forget that: this is what made America great.

With that in mind, it’s a perfect time to revisit Emma Lazarus’ famous sonnet, “The New Colossus”, which she wrote to raise funds for the pedestal for the Statue Of Liberty.

The American way is inclusive, is welcoming, and is full of heart. As we commemorate Presidents' Day, we remember what it is that really makes America great, and what makes our tradition worth celebrating.

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