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REDUX 2: Using Foreign Language in Your Writing

Today, it’s another post about using foreign language words in your writing. Up for examination is Eleanor Morse’s novel White Dog Fell from the Sky… 935 more words

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REDUX: Don't Be Afraid to Use Foreign Language Words in Your Writing

Being a language person, I always like to see it when authors include foreign phrases and words in their stories. I find this can add a whole new dimension to the narrative as far as richness and readability are concerned. 850 more words

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Using the Omniscient Point of View to Create Sympathy

Writing in the omniscient point of view has many advantages, not least of which is the fact that it lets an author paint a convincing portrait of multiple characters. 1,373 more words

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BOOK REVIEW: The Dinner by Herman Koch

Everybody loves an unreliable narrator and Dutch author Herman Koch has come up with a doozy in his sixth novel, The Dinner. The narrator in this case is Paul Lohman, an unemployed high school teacher with an unnamed malady – and a chip on his shoulder. 288 more words

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Show and Tell

One piece of writerly advice I have a minor objection to is “Show, don’t tell.” It’s not that this is bad advice, exactly. But it can be dangerous advice if taken too literally. 775 more words

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How to Make Darkness a Character: Oppressive Environment in Borchert’s “Do Stay, Giraffe"

I first was exposed to Wolfgang Borchert in The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Daniel Halpern. Borchert (1921-1947) was a German author and actor, who fought in World War II before succumbing to liver failure. 851 more words

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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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