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Inspirational Because Useful
on July 2, 2001
All the wisdom you need to write are in two small books: "The Elements of Style" and this one. I heard it from the man himself, and though Hugo's summary cannot reproduce the richness of his poetry seminars at the University of Montana, it's the closest you can come this side of paradise. His poetry exercises work. You can apply them and your writing will improve. Hugo cannot give you talent but he can help you understand if you have it or not.
Even his stories show how to live as a writer. Here's a couple Hugo sayings that are not in this book: "To be a poet, you have to know what's important about life. And it's not washing the damned car on Saturday." "There are many, many good poets. There are very few good critics."