Craft Note: Marcel Proust’s Asparagus

In Swann's Way, the opening work of Marcel Proust's opus In Search of Lost Time, you will find the following oft-remarked-upon passage [2003 Viking edition, translation by Lydia Davis]: I would stop by the table, where the kitchen maid had just shelled them, to see the peas lined up and tallied like green marbles in…

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Craft Note: Love Your Mistakes!

I suppose I could have also called this short post "Love Your First Draft's Moles and Warts." However you look at it, you have to fall in love with your first draft, even if it's a clunky, undistinguished, vague, pedestrian, mistake-ridden mess. You have to fall in love with the mess that is your first…