art, literature, writing

On Doubts and Taste in Books

Doubt is a good thing when you're a writer. It's an important part of everyone's journey. I don't want to speak in absolutes, but if you've never doubted the greatness of your work, then it's probably not very good. You probably haven't grown much as a writer. Doubt comes in waves. It happens a lot… Continue reading On Doubts and Taste in Books

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art, language, literature

Using Poetry to Improve Prose

This is going to be a short one. I recently broke my ankle, so I've been kind of busy with other things. I often talk about what makes good prose style. Most of these posts follow and give convention writing advice. I've done a few posts on poetry but not much. One of the most… Continue reading Using Poetry to Improve Prose

language, literature

Examining Pro’s Prose Part 12

It's been about five months since I've done one of these. My how time flies. I've almost exclusively used "literary" writers for this series. Today I want to examine the prose of John Irving. He's had a lot of commercial success, but he straddles the literary/commercial divide more than many give him credit for. This… Continue reading Examining Pro’s Prose Part 12