Advice from the Masters: Don Murray

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Don Murray has been described as “America’s greatest writing teacher.” His long-time publisher, Heinemann, offers a more complete description in his official bio.

“A Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Don was a columnist for The Boston Globe and Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He was also a writing coach for several national newspapers, wrote poetry for many journals, including Poetry, and authored several books on the craft of writing and teaching writing, including Learning by Teaching, Expecting the Unexpected, Shoptalk, and Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem, and Writing to Deadline.”

From his several books and articles on how to write and how to write better, I’ve chosen one short piece of advice.

“The reader doesn’t turn the page because of a hunger to applaud.”

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