Annotative Essay on the book: ‘A House for Mr. Biswas,’ by V.S. Naipaul

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            Life can pass by without every really hitting someone; moments flow into moments, and without awareness things can go unnoticed. What V.S. Naipaul has done with his novel, A House for Mr. Biswas, is show the reader the moments of a character’s life and the awareness, or lack of, which encapsulated the entirety of the character. His story is …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘Cures for Hunger,’ by Deni Bechard

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Literary Pacing An Annotative Essay on: Cures for Hunger, by Deni Bechard Pacing is when athletes spread out their strength and power over a period of time rather than in short bursts; longer distance runners use the technique, as well as swimmers and bicyclists. Pacing helps an athlete save themselves for the entirety of a competition/sport rather than just the …

The Craft of Writing: Reliable Narrator, in an Unreliable World

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Reliable Narrator In an Unreliable World “Some first lines are so powerful that you absolutely have to keep on reading.” –Noah Lukeman If a writer cannot hook their reader within the first sentence, paragraph, and ultimately the first chapter, then all is lost. Like a car salesman who knows that he has to make the sale before the customer leaves; …

AJ Verdelle – Revising Your Writing

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Type A Revision – with A.J. Verdelle – How to Revise Your Writing Write → Review → Tighten → Clarify → Reorder → Seek nuance → Move the story forward → How do you know when your story is finished? Finished: When you’ve said all you have to say. Finished: When there’s a clear beginning, middle, and end. Remember: “You don’t get the book you …

MFA Notes – Form and Function

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Quick notes: form and function in non-fiction Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my notes forces me to re-read and …

MFA Notes: Life as a Public Writer

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Quick Notes: Lesley University MFA: Q & A: Life as a public writer Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my …

MFA Notes: Creating Compassion for Unlikable Characters

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Quick Notes: How to Create Compassion for Unlikable Characters Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my notes forces me to …

MFA Notes: Dialogue Across Genres

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Quick Notes: the importance of narrative dialogue Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my notes forces me to re-read and …

MFA Notes: The Inspiration and Imperative of Place

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Quick notes: the inspiration and imperative of place in creative writing Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my notes forces …

Is It Worth It To Get An MFA In Creative Writing?

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As many of you know, I’ve been enrolled in an MFA program for creative writing for the last year and a half. I’ve started my final semester now and will be graduating this summer. And now that things are working their way towards an end, I thought I should address the question that had been banging around in my head a year …