A Writer’s Notes #23

Back to school? Here are some teachings from a few of the masters: John Gardner: “The first business of the writer must be to make us see and feel vividly what his characters see and feel…we must be drawn into the character’s world as if we were born to it.” Ethan Canin: “Nothing is as important as a likeable narrator. Nothing holds a story together better.” Anne Lamott: “One line of dialogue that rings true reveals character in a way that pages of description can’t.” Elmore Leonard: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

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