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Q4 2008

Three Easy Pieces

Here's a writing exercise you can do over and over again. It will help you look more closely to learn your craft. Follow these steps and repeast as often as you like.

Step 1

Choose a story, essay, or poem that you admire. One that makes you want to write.

Step 2

Copy it, word for word. Write by hand or keyboard. But copy the whole thing. Slowly. Not too fast.

Step 3

Mimic it. If it's a story or essay, look closely at the structure, count the paragraphs, use the same tense and point of view. If it's a poem, use the same number of lines, the same form. You can mimic the style, but that's not so necessary. Instead, mimic the moves.

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