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First Words

13 Short Essays on Writing from a Neophyte Author’s Perspective

Arshad Ahsanuddin

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Copyright 2012 by Arshad Ahsanuddin

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"Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public."

- Sir Winston Churchill

I started writing seriously in September 2009. Since that time, I have learned a great deal about the craft of writing, mostly through trial and error combined with self-study. There are things I know now that would have greatly influenced my earlier work, if I had known better. Then again, the exercise of simply making the attempt was an education in and of itself.

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