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      • Shackleton, Jacob Flint, and Me
        When you're writing you first novel, or really when you're writing anything that comes from your heart, you're in uncharted territory. But you must struggle, for anything real and true. You must take those risks. In such endeavors, doubt, is your ally my friends, and certainty is a su

      • The Green Hills of Africa
        More Serpent Box letters. 7 years ago I was in the thick of it and all I had to keep me going was Andrew Wilson and Hemingway..."I am all flourish and pomp. Iím a green-horned kid, all pistols and flash. If writers were gun fighters, I would be decked out in silver and black with tassels hangin

      • Another Guest Blog from Don Williams: It could've been all different, Jack...
        'It could've been all different, Jack... You got to believe that'
        By Don Williams

        By way of explaining a first-person scene he'd written in which a mother drowns her baby girl in a bathtub, the late great John Updike told me once in an interview, "In a novel

      • A Good Day to Die
        I honestly have no idea what to do next. I am clueless, really. My characters are all standing on a cliff, the void below obscured in dense mist. As I put pen to paper today, I step into new territory. I have the same feeling now that I did when I stepped off the plane in Japan almost ten years ago.

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