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Taking a Dare, on Signature


I wrote an essay for Signature about accepting the dare my husband, Thomas Israel Hopkins, gave me: to write a 50,000-word potboiler in a month. It’s an essay about taking risks and about keeping going just long enough to add that one next thing. (My friend Kirsten Bakis calls that aspect of the essay “The Stone Soup Principle.”) It’s also about how much we writers rely on community. If there’s a writing project you’ve been hoping to try, maybe this essay can help give you the encouragement to do it.

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