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My Own Slow Writing Movement
By Leslie Levine
About eight years ago, sitting in my literary agent's kitchen sipping on a glass of wine, I slowly revealed the workings of a new book project. She'd successfully sold my third nonfiction book though I knew the agency also handled fiction. Still, I was nervous (hence the glass of wine). Anyway, as she prepared dinner I broached the subject. "I have an idea for a novel," I began. "Tell me," she answered. So I did. A few minutes later after I'd stopped talking, she said, "Normally, I don’t encourage my authors to make that transition from nonfiction to fiction. It's very difficult, but your story sounds compelling."
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