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Learning to be humble

April 13, 2012

Being a new writer is a humbling experience. Just when you think you have penned a great sentence, its banality comes back to haunt you. This happened to me the other evening in a writing class at U of T when my piece of creative non-fiction was critiqued. “I love this sentence,” a fellow student gushed. She proceeded to read it out loud. Twice. I caught the teacher shaking his head while sliding his finger across  his throat. This happens more often than one would like. As soon as I got his written commentary, I flipped to the sentence. “Cut this.” Clear and simple. He wins.

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