The Distillation of Words.

Believe it or not, simplifying or distillation is what separates an artist from an amateur. As jazz legend, Miles Davis, once said, “Never give them everything.”

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Miles Davis once told a young trumpet player, “It isn’t what you play, it’s what you leave out.”

Rushdie once said in a speech that a friend convinced him to go into advertising because it “was easy.” He soon discovered it wasn’t.

When Raymond Carver presented his manuscript “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” to his editor, Gordon Lish, Lish reduced it by forty percent and rewrote six of the endings.

Like everything she wrote, Mary Wells Lawrence never left a word out of place or a thought too loosely described.

No writer of this or any other generation could champion the thoughts of so many in such a terse remembrance of a man they called “Tricky Dicky.”

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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