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October 03, 2017


Kathy Lynn Emerson

Dear Hank,
Been there nearly 60 times now. It never gets any easier. And, at least in my case, I almost always start in the wrong place and have to go back when I'm a few chapters in and redo the beginning. But somehow it all works itself out eventually. As they say in Shakespeare in Love, it's magic. A year from now, you'll be holding up a finished copy and it will be great.

Storyteller Mary

My sis and I used to quote from Shakespeare in Love, "It will all work." How? "No one knows, but it always does." (paraphrasing -- I might need to watch it again). You are so brave to share the fears. Judging by all those other books, I know you will prevail. <3
I have consistently found my opening lines of papers somewhere in the middle of a piece. I'd tell my students, to encourage them to just start with what they have, and then point out how much easier it is to rearrange text with computers. In college, we'd cut, rearrange on our bedspread, tape together, and retype. Life is better now in so many ways. Still, it's hard to wait for the next book. ;-)

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Kathy, thank you. It is incredibly reassuring. I cannot tell you. And you are right! I keep imagining a year from now...
thank you!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Mary! Just start, just start. You are SO right.

But um, can you come over?

Maybe I need to watch that movie. Like, right now.


You can do it! I have faith in you!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, thank you, dear Mark!

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