Academic journal article English Journal

How Long Does It Have to Be?

Academic journal article English Journal

How Long Does It Have to Be?

Article excerpt

In response to a student asking this question

As long as it needs.

As long as you can stand it. As

long as the dream

that connects your brain

to the page.

As long as it takes. As long as you

want,

as long as you're ready. As long as

the space

between

one thought

and

the next.

Make it as

long as a baguette,

but shorter

than a bread roll.

Make it three times your first

inclination,

but go with your gut.

Try

extending

what

you

have

by 3/5 more effort. Give 1/2 of your

time over

to simply listening to yourself

think. Edit out

fluff,

filler,

and half-ass imagination. Revise

revisions until they reveal

something to you. …

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