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Writing is like driving a car. There’s the driver and then there’s the car. The driver is the voice inside your head that can’t shut up. The car is your fingers. Or it can be your hand if you’re old school. Like a car, you need to move your fingers to warm them up. Every car that’s older than at least five years old doesn’t run as well until it warms up. You gotta give the engine some time. When the car is ready, then the driver can take charge. But the driver needs a seatbelt. You have to protect yourself. The seatbelt, in this writing analogy, is a needed constraint. It’s the editing and the more careful use of words. It keeps things in check. It’s when the driver really becomes a driver and is ready for Nascar.

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