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“‘Find your own voice.’ That’s what teachers told me in creative-writing classes when I was in college 20 years ago—it’s what the Guardian trumpeted as the goal of creative writing courses just this month.

The AtlanticIt’s what old grizzled writers always tell the young, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed up-and-coming wannabes. With one voice they all declare, ‘You are unique, you and your bushy tail. Get that uniqueness on the page. Every one of you speak your true self truly, as only you can speak it, in a swelling chorus of soulful idiosyncrasy.’

I took the advice to heart, or tried to . . .”

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