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April 4, 2018 at 10:51 am

Columnist Cites Moore’s ‘Mindful Writer’ as Favorite Book

Dinty W. Moore, portrait

Dinty W. Moore

Waterloo (Canada) Chronicle columnist Marshall Ward cites a favorite book by Dinty W. Moore in a column headlined “Natural curiosity the biggest attribute of a successful writer.”

Moore is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Ohio University.

My favourite book on writing is The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life by Dinty W. Moore.

A professor and director of creative writing at Ohio University, Moore writes: “What is the single most important trait a writer must have? People who ask that question often expect an answer such as good grammar, a wide vocabulary, or a comprehensive knowledge of the Greek and Roman classics. But my answer: Curiosity. With curiosity, a writer will always move forward. Without curiosity, the brain is already dead.”

I’ve been reflecting on writing as I reach a milestone this month, celebrating 12 years writing a weekly column for this newspaper. For this column I’ve interviewed authors, actors, and athletes, and written about everything from light pollution to street prostitution to human cremation.

Read Ward’s column in the Chronicle.

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