I love it: how writing becomes more of a steady job, less of an application for a steady job.
Best lot of advice on writing and teaching writing I've read, and I will share Bass's article with fellow writers.
Also I like your comment: "ANOTHER THING TO DO while working the minefields: read poetry. Poets can teach us about words, phrases, lines, sentences, and the concentrated efforts of language."
I feel vindicated as a poet (successful but useless) both writing fiction and editing other's fiction and non-fiction.
Many thanks to Rick Bass for his generosity. After reading this piece, I feel as if I'd been handed a dowser for finding the flow in storytelling.