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The unknown's hidden kinship

When I was young, I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing. And I leapt at the latter like a trout to a fly. 657 more words

Creativity And Spirit

What Writers Wear: How To Dress Like A Bestseller

Nowadays, would-be writers are constantly bombarded with suggestions and rules—write what you know, go easy on the adverbs, don’t think up your title while drinking cheap Scotch—but despite this wealth of advice, authors and critics alike have been bafflingly silent on one vital question… 843 more words


John Cheever: In Town for Lunch

In town for lunch. The air-conditioning, the smell of perfume and gin, the attentions of the headwaiter, the real and unreal sense of haste, importance, and freedom that clings to the theatre. 453 more words

Opinion Leaders

Examining Pro's Prose Part 3

Today, let’s turn to the master himself, John Cheever. As I said in the first post on the series, many say this modern “MFA” set of rules teaches people to write like Cheever. 1,468 more words


The One Where Ryan Talked About Procrastinating

Procrastination, thy name is Ryan Knight.

If you want to find the time to clean your house, organize your storage shed, do three loads of laundry, and cook a five-course meal just try to do something other than the items on this list. 523 more words


Creating a Character: Carver and Cheever

The short story, the ever neglected cousin of the novel, requires many of the same techniques used in the composition of novel; however, instead of relying on capturing an entire Shakespearean arch of rise-fall-rise or an archetypal Hero’s Journey, the short story can exist as a fragment of any life or story. 945 more words


The Chaos of Experience

The storage bin sits on the top shelf, at the back of the closet. Impossible to reach unless you dismantle the row of boxes beside it, navigate on tip-toes the winemaking equipment below. 436 more words