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Where a good story title comes from (and what to do when you find one)

Before anything, a writer would be wise to pick up a little oddity of a notebook–a diminutive leatherbound pad with small, square pages–or to dig up the one her loving family gave her when she first mustered the courage to let on that the reason she was absent at Christmas dinner last year is because she has chosen writing–that bizarre, late-night ritual carried out in little tweaker-pad apartments around the world–as her lifelong brain tenant, her mind marinade during the wee morning hours.

A vocation that so far does not pay well.

As a general rule, she should always carry this notebook along (a pen, too, though this implement is more easily procured on the spot); the times she is on the fence as to whether she will need her notebook, decides not to carry it with her, are precisely the times she will later wish she had it.

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