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Mana: 
I have had this article and it's PART 2 article in Hard Copy in a box since I first read it in 1993 in LA Weekly.

I will say it is ONLY Superlative. Many people have agreed with me that it is one of the absolute best articles about writing they have ever read.

It is called, "The Talent of the Room." stumbled upon it while looking for something else. Maybe Part 2 is also on the internet. Do a search.

It is a must read. IT IS A MUST READ.

THE TALENT OF THE ROOM

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MICHAEL VENTURA

https://michaelventura.org/the-talent-of-the-room-1993/

As one of my teachers once said about becoming a Scholar: "The only way to become a Scholar is many hours of Soft Ass in contact with Hard Seat."

Same about writing, I suppose.

Have at it.

By the way, I have changed the link. It seems the one I originally posted would not directly connect to the pdf file. Now, this will take you to the Author's page and you will then have to click on the pdf file.

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IMR

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Mana: 
"Soft Ass in contact with Hard Seat." Sums it up perfectly. I know of no other way.

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Mana: 
A truly fascinating and remarkable article, IMR; one that I wasn’t aware of and that I’m very happy to have had brought to my attention by you.

It really does take a certain kind of person to be able to live in solitude for so long with nothing but your thoughts and experiences churning inside of you, sometimes digging into and confronting things that bare your soul to yourself.

As a young child, I was always quite happy – luckily for my mother – to spend large periods of time by myself creating imaginary worlds in which to play. In that regard, I don’t suppose I’ve changed a great deal.

Thank you for sharing Mr. Ventura’s unique angle on an aspect of being a writer that is little if ever examined.

(By the way, I was also in LA in 1993. I wasn’t there during the riots the previous year, but I was there for the earthquake the following one. Crazy times.)

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Mana: 
Great stuff, many thanks

Loved this ...

" ... words are pure creations of the human psyche. Every single word is full of secrets, full of associations. Every word leads to another and another and another, down and down, through passages of dark and light. Every single word leads, in this way, to the same destination: your soul. Which is, in part, the soul of everyone. Every word has the capacity to start that journey. And once you’re on it, there is no knowing what will happen."

Down the rabbit-hole :-)



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