by Mitchell Harding

written 7/2/99

It isn't that I want to be a writer. Or maybe it is, I don't know. That just sounded like a good opening sentence. This is definitely a common problem for me. I think of a sentence, phrase, or title that I am fond of, and I am so eager to use it that I don't spend enough time figuring out how best to use it. I just write it down, fill in the rest of the essay, play, poem, or whatever, and hope that my clever phrase is enough to carry the entire work. Usually it isn't, and this is probably no exception.

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