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Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

100 Words

This post is one-hundred words long. I would like you to take an article you are working on and fiddle with it until your word count reaches the next 100-word landmark: add some items to the bibliography, flesh out an idea here or there. Then stop. How long did it take you? Now imagine yourself doing that same amount of work two more times in the same day. At this point you will have added three hundred words, which is, unbelievably enough, adequate for a day’s work. Do this for five days straight, and you will have fifteen-hundred new words.

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