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Funny Because it’s True

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How to Become a Writer by Lorrie Moore

“First, try to be something, anything, else.  A movie star/astronaut.  A movie star missionary.  A movie star/kindergarten teacher.  President of the World.  Fail miserably.  It is best if you fail at an early age — say, fourteen.  Early, critical disillusionment is necessary so that at fifteen you can write long haiku sequences about thwarted desire.”

via R-KV-R-Y a Quarterly Literary Journal & Instapaper

Also: an interview with Lorrie Moore in The Believer


Written by Mike Cohen

August 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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Required Reading.

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The Poetics of Aristotle, by Aristotle.

The Plot, then, is the first principle, and, as it were, the soul of a tragedy: Character holds the second place. A similar fact is seen in painting. The most beautiful colours, laid on confusedly, will not give as much pleasure as the chalk outline of a portrait. Thus Tragedy is the imitation of an action, and of the agents mainly with a view to the action.”

Instapaper Version

Written by Mike Cohen

August 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

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Trust in Twain

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How to Tell a Story — Mark Twain

“I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told. I only claim to know how a story ought to be told, for I have been almost daily in the company of the most expert story-tellers for many years.”

Written by Mike Cohen

August 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

Posted in Craft