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Study This: The Fools Have It

I spent a good little chunk of time reading Richard Russo last summer. (You may or may not be aware that I’m a Russo fan. So much so that I may have just this second talked myself into rereading Empire Falls, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.) But we were talking about my […]

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Short Saturday: Your Protagonist’s Inner Journey

I stumbled on this article—“Understand Character Wounds: A List of Common Themes” at Writers Helping Writers—a few months ago, and I just love the way the writer drills down to character motivation. The protagonist’s path is much like yours or mine–one that will (hopefully) bring him closer to lifelong happiness and fulfillment. In real life, […]

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Study This: The Vacationers

Once upon a time there was … … a bunch of people on vacation, all with different expectations and worries and agendas. And The Vacationers—which I read, interestingly, on a winter vacation—tells the story of each of them. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve read anything written before, oh, the 1960s, say, and […]

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Study This: I’ll Give You the Sun

Here’s another in my Study This series about intentional reading—that is, novels you writers will read for pleasure (always pleasure!) but also to study. To deconstruct. To have a look at how the author made the magic. You know I love YA, so it should come as no surprise that I’d suggest one to study. […]

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Short Saturday: On Leaving Space for the Reader

I find it interesting that author Celeste Ng read an article in the New Yorker and took it as a jumping-off point to write the article I’m using as a jumping-off point for today’s post. Here it is: “On Leaving Space for the Reader” from the Glimmer Train Press bulletin. Both articles are are about […]

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