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What It Means to Tell a Story: On Susan Sontag and Writing

Writing is a type of freedom. It allows us to choose which portions of the world to highlight and which ones we want to discard. Telling stories also forces us to create boundaries. We can’t focus on everything, can’t follow the lives of every single character, can’t describe the layer of dirt on every doorstep. Instead… Continue reading What It Means to Tell a Story: On Susan Sontag and Writing

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Friday Quick Quote: ‘The Light Between Oceans’

“There are times when the ocean is not the ocean – not blue, not even water, but some violent explosion of energy and danger: ferocity on a scale only gods can summon. It hurls itself at the island, sending spray right over the top of the lighthouse, biting pieces off the cliff. And the sound… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: ‘The Light Between Oceans’

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The Language of the Body

Despite what the internet implies, a large chunk of human communication doesn’t occur through the spoken or written word. Instead it occurs through body language. That means that successful writers have to understand how to portray emotions and responses using the language of the body. I’ve discussed how to write emotions before, but I’ve found another… Continue reading The Language of the Body

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Want Your Kids to Grow Up to Be Writers? Choose These Names

It turns out that if you want your children to be writers, you should consider naming them Kate and Simon. In 2014, Verdant Labs used public records to analyze common names by profession in the United States. They found that people with certain names are disproportionately more likely to have various careers. They based this… Continue reading Want Your Kids to Grow Up to Be Writers? Choose These Names

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Writing Week in Review: 3/11-3/17

The brain is a strange beast. This spring mine would rather write snippets from a thousand different stories than it would focus on one. I have a theory about that. Writing particular scenes is more rewarding on a neurological level. We want to write those portions because it feels good, feels better than good to… Continue reading Writing Week in Review: 3/11-3/17