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Month: April 2016

The Why of Words: String 2 – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The Why of Words

This is the second post in this series. Here’s the first post and some background about the series.

But most of the time nobody was sure what he was saying. Talk-talk-talk. The words came out of his throat like a cataract. -Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

This sentence describes the rowdy drunkard Jake Blount, who sometimes sounds “like a linthead” and at other times, “like a professor.” Jake is a socialist who has a violent gospel to dispel to the world; he’ll share it with anyone who will listen. Ironically, the only one who will “listen” and who Jake thinks understands is John Smith, a deaf-mute.

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The Why of Words: String 1- The Princess Bride

The Why of Words

The Why of Words is a series of posts that focus on understanding why certain sentences from the world of fiction grab us and affect us and how we can work to emulate them in our own writing.

Because this is the first post in the series, I should provide some background.

I read a lot of fiction. Usually two or three works of fiction at a time. But when I read, I don’t just read. I also learn. And to do it effectively, I write down the quotes from the book that I’m reading. I thought it would be helpful to others to analyze the quotes I’ve chosen and point out the elements that I think make them so effective. I hope that others can learn from these posts and ultimately, improve their writing.

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