Friday, June 15, 2012

The Morning Pages - 06/15/12 - Comics as Literature (Father Figures): "A lot of comics that depict family life present some sort of dysfunction. This is not all that surprising, actually: it’s also what you tend to find in a lot of literary fiction. What’s that quote from Tolstoy? “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I suppose it’s much harder to write a gripping tale of contentment and satisfaction."

The Bookshelf Muse - Adding Subtext to Your Story: "About 90% of the time, we human beings don’t say what we mean to say. Instead, we speak in subtext. The beauty of subtext is that it makes human interaction fascinating; and, likewise, it’s what will make your story worth reading. If you, as a writer, can fundamentally understand the importance of subtext, I guarantee that you'll see the benefit in adding it to you story."

Wordserve Water Cooler - Advising New Writers Lovingly: "Today I received an email from a freshly graduated student about a blog he’d been writing for the past two years that he wants to get published as a book. It was about being an only child—a topic I recommended he consider transforming into a memoir after he turned in a wonderful English 101 essay about growing up alone. Ever since, he said, he’d been writing. He included a link to the blog, clearly hoping—despite assurances to the contrary—that I would read it and somehow singlehandedly applaud it onto bookstore shelves."

Rachelle Gardner - Using Setting As a Character: "Choosing the right setting is just as important as choosing the right characters, plot, and dialogue. Setting grounds your readers, helping them to experience the action and drama more effectively. But it does so much more than that! A setting can be so vibrant and alive that it becomes one of the characters in your story, assisting or hindering your protagonist in achieving his/her goals."

New York Times - How to Read a Racist Book to Your Kids: "“Dad, why do the pirates have a gorilla?” This unexpected question intruded on a recent intergenerational cultural exchange: I was introducing my 6-year-old son to Asterix the Gaul. The pirates in the “Asterix” comics don’t travel with a gorilla, of course. One of the pirate crew is a grotesque caricature of an African who does indeed more closely resemble a gorilla than a person."

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