Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Ambi Valence

Dear Dead Beat,

I have listened to writers, editors and teachers. At times they contradict each other and if you listen to some long enough they contradict themselves. I only write about what I want to write about. If it were any other way, where would the passion come from?

Dear Acute Listener,

you are absolutely right. Good writers, good editors and good teachers contradict themselves. It is those who don't you need to worry about. Remember ambilance - ambi valence both truths. That is what we are seeking in great writing.

Again you are correct to write about what you want to write about but seek out the truths in it. Not opinions, not facts, but truths. And if the passion does not come from that, well where else?

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