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Blinders

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I want to know everything.

If I want to be a competent novelist, I have to stop.

Here’s why. Sherlock Holmes, in A Study in Scarlet, let Dr. Watson know why he doesn’t care that he doesn’t know that the Earth revolves around the Sun: “What the deuce is it to me? You say that we go round the Sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or my work.”

I want to be up-to-date on all political, geopolitical, business, and technology news. But none of that will help me write a better novel. None of it. If I want to be truly creative, I have to put on blinders.

Back to it…

Written by guterman

February 7, 2008 at 8:15 am

Posted in novel

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  1. So I guess you won’t be moving to Twitter soon…

    Doug

    February 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm

  2. Don’t tempt me.

    Jimmy

    February 7, 2008 at 3:09 pm


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