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Constraints

A constraint imposes tension between limitation and possibility that stimulates your imagination to resolve the tension.

Newspaper and magazine writers commonly deal with a space constraint. Initially, writers may insist they cannot be constrained to a specific word count, that they cannot cover the subject in less space. But for seasoned writers, the tension imposed by the space constraint invariably stimulates deeper thought, richer expression, or clearer phrasing as a way of resolving that tension.


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