Carl Sagan on the Magic of Books

The scientist, astronomer, and author, Carl Sagan, on the magic of books: “What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead forContinue reading “Carl Sagan on the Magic of Books”

George Saunders on Fiction

The wonderful thing about fiction: the meaning of a story is contained in the way it unscrolls, in the experience the reader has, phrase by phrase. Everything else—the analysis we tend to feel the need to do—is reductive (fun, but reductive). The reading experience, when you think about it, is so complex and lovely andContinue reading “George Saunders on Fiction”

50 things to keep in mind when writing (41-50)

Quick Mindful Tips 41.) Vivid moment – some reflection of moment by adult 42.) BE AWARE BUT DON’T LET IT CRIPPLE YOU! 43.) Each paragraph ratchets up tension 44.) Inhabit story – reader takes part in story 45.) Crisis is to Drama as Insight is to Memoir 46.) Narrative distance – description of time/space, bothContinue reading “50 things to keep in mind when writing (41-50)”

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