Objects & Places from On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Rejection Slips

These objects were received and collected when the author submitted stories to magazines.

Dave's Rag

This object appeared once a week while the author was a child.

Massive Desk

This object was moved to a corner as the author matured.

Cocaine and Alcohol

These objects caused problems until the author's wife intervened.

Trailer Laundry Room

This object was the author's first workroom.


This object became the author's first published novel.

The Stand

This object is arguably the best novel of the author.

Blue Dodge Van

This object caused injury to the author who was taking a walk.

Strunk and White's Elements of Style

This object is an invaluable tool for new writers, according to the author.


This object belongs to the author's uncle and is used as a metaphor in this book.

Narration, Description, and Dialogue

These objects are the essential elements of strong...

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