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Monthly Archive: July 2007

Jul 26 2007

Why Harry Potter

What Rowling doesn’t have going for her: >> Solid grasp of punctuation (grrrrrr) >> Strong pacing >> Economy >> Any idea that names precede character development >> Great originality What she does: >> Poster child for “show, don’t tell,” sometimes ad nauseum >> Fundamental conflicts, both good v. evil and child v. adult >> Characters …

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Jul 02 2007

Being a Writer

One of the standard pieces of advice for aspiring writers is to identify one’s self as a writer, claim it as part of one’s identity. I’ve always resisted doing that. Part of my reaction is that I don’t like being tied down to a single identity. It feels like being a butterfly pinned to a …

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