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I. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few.
II. The obligation of the artist is not to solve the problem but to state the problem correctly.
III. Do not be afraid!
--ANGELS APPEARING TO SHEPERDS TENDING THEIR FLOCKS BY NIGHT
IV. If you bring forth what is inside you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is inside you, what is inside you will destroy you.
--ST. THOMAS, GNOSTIC GOSPELS
V. Poetry presents the thing in order to convey the feeling. It should be precise about the thing and reticent about the feeling.
VI. One must write a poem the way one rules an empire, the way one cooks a small fish.
VII. El papel lo aguanta todo. (Paper holds everything.)
VIII. You must change your life.
--RAINER MARIA RILKE
IX. The function of freedom is to free someone else.
X. If you want to be a writer, than write. Write every day!
Excerpted from Something to Declare Copyright (c) 1998 Julia Alvarez. Reprinted by permission of Algonquin.
Part One: Customs
My Second Opera
I Want to Be Miss Am,rica
Briefly, A Gardener
Genetics of Justice
Part Two: Declarations
Of Maids and Other Muses
So Much Depends
Dona Aida, with Your Permission
Have Typewriter, Will Travel
A Vermont Writer from the Dominican Republic
Chasing the Butterflies
Goodbye, Ms. Chips
In the Name of the Novel
Ten of My Writing Commandments
Grounds for Fiction
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