art, film, literature, writing

Why It Works: The Lord of the Rings

A series in which I oversimplify one concept from a work of literature to make you a better writer. Corruption. The ring corrupts everyone. Quite early on, we learn that Frodo, our hero, is not immune to the corrupting effects. This becomes one of the greatest sources of tension. Will Frodo be able to destroy the… Continue reading Why It Works: The Lord of the Rings

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art, language, literature

Examining Pro’s Prose Part 3

Today, let's turn to the master himself, John Cheever. As I said in the first post on the series, many say this modern "MFA" set of rules teaches people to write like Cheever. What might be surprising is just how often he doesn't follow them. Today's rule is the roughest of them all. Rule 3:… Continue reading Examining Pro’s Prose Part 3