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The Long and Short of It

Most writers understand their own writing process and at a certain point become comfortable “owning” it. That is to say, they become comfortable with their own neurotic way of getting the words swirling around in their head down onto paper. 643 more words

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A Most Appalling Evening: Sexual Assault and Point-of-View in McEwan’s ATONEMENT

Atonement, the 2001 novel by British author Ian McEwan, is a landmark of contemporary literary fiction, imbued throughout with the very craft elements that define this sub-genre: well-developed characters; a complex story line; and gorgeous, often poetic narrative. 1,116 more words

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Tinkering around with Language

Whenever I read a book, I’m on the lookout for unique things an author might do with language. Do they invent new words? Is onomatopoeia used to enrich the narrative? 807 more words

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Nesting Narratives: Stories within stories

My cousin had a set of nesting dolls that fascinated me when I was a kid. I loved lining up the dolls, which were identical except for their sizes, and I loved fitting them neatly inside each other. 786 more words

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Some Thoughts after the Parade

Scattered clusters of people stand along the Memorial Day parade route in a Midwestern-American city. Small clusters. Dark clouds hang overhead, and the smell of rain is in the air—which might explain the lack of a crowd, except that it was also sparse like this last year, under a blue sky. 1,733 more words

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