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    If you want to write a book, John McPhee's advice is indispensable

    Two books sit on my desk. The first was published in 1977, the year I migrated from university teaching to the newsroom. Forty years later, the second arrived via Amazon, confirming an affinity four decades in the making. The first is "The John McPhee Reader," an anthology of a dozen excerpts of New Yorker pieces, most of which would become well-known nonfiction books. The second is "Draft No.

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    Roy Peter Clark needs your help writing a new book

    If you ever write a book and get someone to publish it, you will be looking for blurbs. The best blurb I ever received came from the jocular Dave Barry, who opined:  “Roy Peter Clark knows more about writing than anyone I know who is not already dead.”

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    How I stopped worrying and learned to murder my darlings

    This is the first in an occasional series of essays on important writing and language books and the wisdom they offer.

    One of the most famous bits of writing advice over the last century comes to us from British author Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, known to his mates and university students as Q. (He should not be confused with the Quartermaster, played by actor Desmond Llewelyn, who provides 007 with those wonderful gadgets in the James Bond movies.)

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