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The things we do not say out loud

Catch me alone at a party where I don't know anyone. Ask me how I'm doing, and I'll tell you I'm great. What I'm really thinking is "I'm trying to look perfectly at ease, but I'm feeling awkward as hell." There are so many things we don't say out loud. Enter the writer. It's our job to say the things no one's willing to spit out. That's what keeps readers coming back. They want to see themselves reflected in your pages; to know they're not the only ones bumbling through life like self-conscious amoebas. We brush aside the things we're really thinking. It's ironic. We hide the juicy center; the stuff that really matters; the stuff we wish we said before we stood beside an open grave. "The essence of...

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