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: ‘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 …

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: The Subconscious Editor

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Quick Notes: The Importance of the subconscious editor 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 …

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: The Art of Juxtaposition

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Quick Notes: The Art of Juxtaposition 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 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 …