Magical Words: Grist for the Mill

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Laughter. Tears. New job. Old friends. Unexpected disaster. Planned joy.

All Grist for the Mill. The old saying “Write what you know.” doesn’t mean learn how to fight if you are going to write about fighting, it is knowing the emotions leading to the fight. Write emotions you understand, situations you have lived. You may never figure out a murder when a body is missing, but you have had to figure out where the TV remote has ended up.

In “Grist for the Mill: Emotion and Creativity”, David B. Coe discusses life events which impacted and found their way (changed to protect the innocent and guilty) into his writing. He closes the Magical Word post on August 26, 2013 with asking people to post excerpts from their stories where their personal life strengthened their writing. The comments are very poignant, and I highly recommend reading them.

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