THE VICTORIAN WEB Edna O'Brien's The Light of Evening. By Claire Dederer The first 10 pages of The Light of Evening took me about an hour to read. My husband mocked me from the other couch: "Have you gotten to Page 4 yet?" I'm not the only person who has waded, rather than leapt, into Edna O'Brien. O'Brien has her own language, stilted and cumbrous when you first encounter it. These ought to be straightforward sentences—after all, the words are familiar and unfancy. I made my way along as through a thicket, and the story began to coalesce: Dilly has shingles, and possibly worse. Eleanora is her daughter, a famous writer, who has left Ireland for England and left her mother for what Dilly sees as a series of godless relationships. Here I noticed that a change had come over my reading. This quietude marks a change, or rather a return, for O'Brien, who in the last couple of decades has demonstrated a marked taste for blood. O'Brien is, in fact, a writer constantly balancing two impulses: the poetic and the sensational.
51 things that break reader immersion, with examples | Creativity Hacker The ImmerseOrDie Report began in June of 2014, and since then, I’ve put 204 books to my simple test. Every morning, I get on my treadmill, open a new indie book, and start walking. If the book can hold my attention for the duration of my 40 minute stroll, it survives and I write a report about why it worked for me. Now, I’m not a monster. After posting the 50th report last year, I wrote an analysis, sharing a variety of statistics that I thought were interesting about what I was seeing. Same graph after 50 contenders As many readers have been quick to point out, it’s important to remember that these are only the issues that I myself have reacted to, and I am well aware that in this IOD series, I am a harsher critic than most readers are likely to be. Problem Categories Each of the 204 reports I’ve published can sustain up to 3 WTF flags apiece, for a potential total of 612 flags thrown. Clarity The first domain in which I throw a lot of WTF flags is the one of clarity. Style Story Manifest
OWL Contributors:Allen Brizee.Summary: This resource outlines the generally accepted structure for introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions in an academic argument paper. Keep in mind that this resource contains guidelines and not strict rules about organization. Your structure needs to be flexible enough to meet the requirements of your purpose and audience. The following sections outline the generally accepted structure for an academic argument paper. Keep in mind that these are guidelines and that your structure needs to be flexible enough to meet the requirements of your purpose and audience. You may also use the following Purdue OWL resources to help you with your argument paper: Introduction The introduction is the broad beginning of the paper that answers three important questions: What is this? You should answer these questions by doing the following: First, I will define key terms for my argument, and then I will provide some background of the situation. Thesis checklist Induction
21, Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway, ca. 1939. Photograph by Lloyd Arnold You go to the races? Yes, occasionally. Then you read the Racing Form ... —Conversation in a Madrid café, May 1954 Ernest Hemingway writes in the bedroom of his house in the Havana suburb of San Francisco de Paula. The bedroom is on the ground floor and connects with the main room of the house. The room is divided into two alcoves by a pair of chest-high bookcases that stand out into the room at right angles from opposite walls. It is on the top of one of these cluttered bookcases—the one against the wall by the east window and three feet or so from his bed—that Hemingway has his “work desk”—a square foot of cramped area hemmed in by books on one side and on the other by a newspaper-covered heap of papers, manuscripts, and pamphlets. A working habit he has had from the beginning, Hemingway stands when he writes. A man of habit, Hemingway does not use the perfectly suitable desk in the other alcove. Very. Of course. It depends. No. No.
THE GOTHIC : Materials for Study The Gothic: Materials for Study A hypertext anthology for ENEC 981: The Novel of Sensibility Written and Compiled by: Christine Ruotolo, Ami Berger, Liz DeGaynor, Zach Munzenrider, and Amanda French Contents Introduction Individual and Social Psychologies of the GothicThe Female GothicThe Gothic and the SupernaturalGothic Drama Annotated Bibliography The National Book Critics Circle | Links Your reviews seed this roundup; please send items to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. "Poetry is in the air." Jan Gardner delivers the New England Literary News. Susanne Pari reviews A Sliver of Light by Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd. Jon Wiener interviews Edmund White for the Nation. "This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish.'" NBCC board member Colette Bancroft reviews Peter Matthiessen's latest novel. Clea Simon reviews Laura Kasischke's Mind of Winter for the Boston Globe. Parul Kapur Hinzen interviews inaugural poet Richard Blanco for Guernica. "'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain." At the Rumpus, Joelle Biele reviews Jonterri Gadson's Pepper Girl. Bill Williams reviews The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. Susan Shapiro's new book, reviewed by the New York Times. NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg reviews Zachary Lazar's new novel, I Pity the Poor Immigrant. "Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women."
Chris Jones: Nine Rules for Creative Work The Power of Storytelling international conference in Bucharest just concluded its fifth edition in October, and thanks to conference founder Cristian Lupsa, editor of the nonfiction journal Decât o Revistă and a 2014 Nieman fellow, and his colleagues, Storyboard will bring you transcripts from some of the two-day conference’s sessions. The theme of this year’s event was: a sense of place. Our fifth featured speaker is Esquire writer and National Magazine Award-winner Chris Jones. I’m going to show a very brief video called Beast of Turin, a trailer for this documentary that was made by these people who restored a very old car, a Fiat S76, made in 1911. I almost don’t have to say anything, I’m tempted not to, but the engine firing up is what people see when you build something. So we’re going to talk a bit about this, I’m going to make nine rules about creative work. Rule number 1 There’s a structure to good work. Rule number 2 You will be ferocious in your appetite. Rule number 3
Learning to Read and Write How can you learn to read and write better? More to the point here: How can you learn to read and write better by reading web pages such as these? First of all: Reading is primary. One can write only as well as one reads. Consider: Not all readers are writers. All writers rely on their skills as readers. To write better, you must learn to read better. Improving Writing Readers and writers already speak the language. These pages are not concerned with traditional rules of grammar and usage, with correct verb agreement or spelling. Constructing Extended Discussion Writing is traditionally taught in terms of examples. Reading can teach us some things about the language, but reading good essays can only go so far in enabling us to become better writers. What is the structure of James Baldwin's sentence: What resources of sentence structure does he use? To learn from reading essays, we must learn how to analyze those essays. Reading instruction is dual-purpose. Improving Reading Final Thoughts
Why I Write From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books. I was the middle child of three, but there was a gap of five years on either side, and I barely saw my father before I was eight. However, throughout this time I did in a sense engage in literary activities. When I was about sixteen I suddenly discovered the joy of mere words, i.e. the sounds and associations of words. So hee with difficulty and labour hard Moved on: with difficulty and labour hee. which do not now seem to me so very wonderful, sent shivers down my backbone; and the spelling ‘hee’ for ‘he’ was an added pleasure. (i) Sheer egoism. (ii) Aesthetic enthusiasm. (iii) Historical impulse. It is not easy.
LITERARY RESOURCES Literary Resources on the Net These pages are maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers — Newark. Comments and corrections are welcome. Updated 7 January 2006. Search for a (single) word: Or choose one of the following categories: General Sources These sources are too important to be buried in my miscellaneous pages, and too miscellaneous to be put anywhere else. The Voice of the Shuttle Alan Liu's superb collection of electronic resources for the humanities. Calls for Papers A current list from the email@example.com mailing list. About These Pages This set of pages is a collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature, excluding most single electronic texts, and is limited to collections of information useful to academics — I've excluded most poetry journals, for instance. This page is maintained by Jack Lynch.
Google Book Search 9 ways to trick yourself into writing a novel November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for short). This is the year you complete the book of your dreams. Sometimes all you need is a little motivation. Trick yourself into completing your novel this month by trying one (or all) of the strategies below. 1. Use the power of positive reinforcement by treating yourself with treats after finishing a specified goal. For example, once you finish a chapter in your novel, reward yourself with Nutella-covered strawberries. Associate the completing of a goal with a desired stimulus in order to acquire a positive association, which will hopefully continue to motivate you throughout your writing process. 2. Deadlines can be a powerful motivator when it comes to writing. First, organize your story into specific parts; this can be done by chapter or scenes, depending on your preference. 3. No, you won't actually die, but the program Write or Die can ruin your life. 4. Take cues from Nathan For You. 5. Image: Richard T. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Writing an Essay? Here Are 10 Effective Tips Honestly, throughout most of high school and college, I was a mediocre essay writer. Every once in a while, I would write a really good essay, but mostly I skated by with B’s and A-minuses. I know personally how boring writing an essay can be, and also, how hard it can be to write a good one. However, toward the end of my time as a student, I made a breakthrough. That’s right. Why Writing an Essay Is So Hard? Here are a few reasons: You’d rather be scrolling through Facebook.You’re trying to write something your teacher or professor will like.You’re trying to get an A instead of writing something that’s actually good.You want to do the least amount of work possible. The biggest reason writing an essay is so hard is because we mostly focus on those external rewards like getting a passing grade or our teacher’s approval. Why? Because when you focus on external approval, you shut down your subconscious, and the subconscious is the source of your creativity. Just stop. Ready to get writing? 1.