Writing can’t happen fast. It needs thinking and talking with your muse. Fast writing is generally bad writing, and first writing is worse. All writing needs rewriting, and don’t you forget it! I didn’t want to send Nellie into the putrid hold of the coffin ship, so I made up this way, totally unbelievable, for her to stay out. Today she must go. Please pray for her, it’s awful in there.

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