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Style Improves When You Read for Style

Style is an allusive key to writing success. Ultimately, style emerges when the writer finds his or her voice. But how do we as writers find our voice and establish our style? Chances are you have heard this old nugget of advice,  “If you want to write, read everything all the time.“ I agree.  And…
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How to Deal With Depression

More and more people are going public about their struggles with depression, acknowledging the struggle, explaining their experience, offering advice. It is a good sign. And I am not just talking about celebrities here. People I know personally have posted and written and spoken live or on podcasts or in public about their struggle. And…
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I’ve Been Away Awhile, Rebuilding

I haven’t posted since mid-summer when I gushed about U2. Been rebuilding. This blog now appears on my new website, www.chrisryanwrites.com. Worth a look, if I do say so myself. Been rebuilding my social media presence, too. Much more Instagram, lot less Facebook. Unfollowed many dozens of political Twitterers, followed writers and creatives instead. A…
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U2 Uses Mysterious Brush With Death to Defend the Idea of America

My wife, known here and on my social media as the goddess, has saved my life yet again; she took me to the U2 Innocence and Experience Tour 2018 five times. Yeah, five concerts, same band, same show. Five times gave me the gift of studying U2’s show and thinking about their intent. From what…
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