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Form and Content: The Art of Editing

  According to Stephen King, to write is human, to edit divine. Anyone who writes will see sense in this. Especially poets. The Old English word for a poet is ‘Scop’ which translates literally as ‘shaper’. What else is poetry but an exercise in constant editing? And what else is editing but shaping and giving form to something? That is why Stephen King calls it divine. It is the most […]

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Getting to the Good Stuff: The Art of Creative Writing

They say there is prose and verse and you can have poetry in either. This strikes me as true. Literature is an art, not a science. Living is an art, not a science. This is why the term ‘Arts’ is often associated with, and even interchangeable with, the term ‘Humanities’. The American poet, Jim Morrison, was once asked about the cross he wore around his neck at the Doors’ famous gig […]

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