At last: A reason for me to write (besides trying to make money).

Planet Pailly

InsecureWritersSupportGroupToday’s post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a blog hop hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  It’s a way for insecure writers like myself give each other advice and encouragement.  Click here to see a full list of participating blogs.

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Being a writer is hard, frustrating work.  We have a lot of sleepless nights, we agonize over the proper use of the comma and semicolon, and we spend hours paging through dictionaries and thesauri looking for just the right word to describe how our main character is feeling.  But sometimes, in moments of writerly insecurity, we might wonder why we do this.  What good is all this writing for?  How is the world a better place because of what we writers do?  A recent scientific study may provide an answer.

Researchers at Emory University claim that reading a novel increases the connectivity between different parts…

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