Annotative Essay on the book: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ by E.M. Remarque

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When soldiers are sent to the trenches of war, amongst the necessity for their rifles, daily food rations and combat boots, there is also a necessity for them to have left their loved ones behind. No families are allowed on the front lines, for just as a man would never masturbate in front of his dear mother; neither would he …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘In Cold Blood,’ by Truman Capote

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First published in 1966, In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote was a new type of book.  A hybrid of literature invented by Capote known as a non-fiction novel; the book is based on a series of crimes and, told in an omniscient third person point of view.  It was one of the first of its kind, if not, debatably, the …

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 …

Notes: Serving the Memory in Memoir

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Serving the Memory Why do we chose to write memoir instead of fiction? Fiction: When you think you know it. Memoir: When you want to figure it out. Memoir: when did the real story being with me? The incident, the wedge moment, when things came together and began. Example: If something inspires you to write about your childhood, then write …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude,’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The term ‘hook-line-and-sinker’ is the eponymous of the way a human reacts to something of interest. Simply put, if a person really likes something they are, “hook-line-and-sinker.” The term comes from fishing, and it relates to the way that if a fish eats a fisherman’s hook (sharp part holding the bait that locks them) the line (fishing string) and 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 …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘Let The Great World Spin,’ By Colum McCann

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 McCann grabs you… at first. Starting with a tale of a man on a tightrope, he leads the reader through an interweaving story of human nature and internal and external connectedness. This beginning, and complex weaving of storylines, has shown me certain opportunities, and weaknesses in my own writing, and many ways in which I can improve. However, like all …

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 …