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What does it mean to ‘excavate’ a literary work?

I’m fascinated by the idea of ‘excavation.’ Gerwig talks about seeing her girlhood in the pages of “Little Women” and excavating that work for her film interpretation. Years ago (when I was 9 or so) I wanted to be an

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Elements of Surprise

I heard about Vera Tobin’s book Elements of Surprise on the Hidden Brain podcast. Shankar Vedantam was interviewing Tobin about her work analyzing the ways in which knowing/not knowing affects the unfolding of narrative and how writers/filmmakers plant seeds to make plot

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Thanks to a friend for bringing this to my attention. BBC – Culture – Ten books to read in October

Novels, essays and non-fiction – including the tale of a forgotten Kennedy and a short story collection about Chechnya. Source: BBC – Culture – Ten books to read in October

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Tips on naming characters from Jacob M. Appel.

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Fiction readers are better than those who read only Twitter feeds.

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction – Mic.

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I’ve ordered this: Writing Shapely Fiction | GrubStreet

Readings For Writers: Pick of the Week 8/29/14 | GrubStreet.

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This should be very interesting! How Writers Write Fiction | Open Courses @ the Writing University

How Writers Write Fiction | Open Courses @ the Writing University.

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