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On Listening



Listening is one of the more important tools in a writer’s toolbox, and it is an ability that writers should try to develop early in their writing careers.

We listen to what others are saying.  We listen to the dialogue between and among people.  We listen to the sounds around us as we interview or participate in a conversation.  We listen to the “unspoken” words that sometimes matter more than the words that are uttered.  We listen to the voice of inspiration.  We listen to our own inner dialogues.  We listen to our own feelings. We listen to the chirping of the birds. We listen to the silence around us.

Listening and writing go hand in hand.  We cannot write if we don’t listen. And when we listen, we have more to write about.



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