Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

Most of the time reading about writing is just lofty-sounding procrastination, a deep dive into craft or inspiration that stalls facing a blank page or (worse) a rewrite. Nonetheless, here are ten of my favorites that give me courage — if not to high-dive without a net — to proceed in a workmanlike way and have faith that a disciplined writing practice will produce enough flashes of what feels like inspiration to drag us over the finish line. Kind of the way I hike mountains: lots of preparation and psyching myself up, bitching and moaning and gasping for air all the way to the top, then dancing for joy at the pinnacle, and singing and feeling proud all the way back to earth.

Some of these I’ve read only once. Others multiple times. At least half of them are likely to be familiar to you. Enjoy!

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