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Lauren Ball
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Edgar Allan Poe Gifts
Writers are Readers The flip side to writing is reading. We don't write in a vacuum. Well, sometimes it feels that way. Reading the works of other writers whom we admire helps us get a feel for their genre and consider how they use the tools of language. It...
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Willa Cather on Writing
Willa Cather was born in 1873 and lived in Nebraska from the time she was nine years old until she left at twenty-three—fourteen very formative years. Three of her novels are set in Nebraska. The following quotes are from the 1949 book Willa Cather on Writi...
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Margaret Atwood on Writing
I've been in love with Margaret Atwood's writing for years. The first book of hers I read was The Robber Bride and I still remember how real the characters felt. I'm currently reading The Blind Assassin and wish I could spend more time in that world. Margar...
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Sylvia Plath on Writing
...writing makes me a small god: I re-create the flux and smash of the world through the small ordered word-patterns I make. Sylvia Plath understood that secret inner pleasure all writers must feel as creators. I've always been amazed at those "small ordere...
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William Faulkner on Writing
Where Do I Begin? When you're approaching an author or genre you're not familiar with, it's important to seek the help of a guide. When I was a teenager I would go into the bookstore and stand in awe in front of the science-fiction and fantasy section and l...
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Observe the Moment
Remember reading something and sitting back in amazement at how the author chose those perfect words to describe the scene? For example, this is how Charles Frazier described a character playing a fiddle in Cold Mountain : It was a careening tune, loopy and...
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H.P. Lovecraft on Writing
Something in the Atmosphere H.P. Lovecraft is not as well-known as the other writers I've covered this year. Go ahead, ask a few people around you if they've heard of him. But within his genre he's a central figure, in company with Edgar Allan Poe and Steph...
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Ernest Hemingway on Writing
Hemingway did not specifically write a dedicated treatise on writing (he considered it bad luck to talk about writing), but throughout his written work and correspondence he ended up talking quite a bit about the writer's life. I have to thank Larry W. Phil...
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George Orwell on Writing
Find Your True Nature George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, who chose it to protect his family from his social and political writing. He is most famous for the last two novels he wrote, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four . As a child he kne...
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Walt Whitman on Writing
I've heard the titles and parts of some of Walt Whitman's poems over the years without connecting them to him. "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," "O Captain! My Captain!" I've enjoyed this past month as I've gotten to know his work better. Leaves...
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