- Where we go when it's too hot and we need to think. #farmlife #sit #breatheTwo recent reads where coincidence figures in the plot have me thinking about coincidence and why it is so satisfying when it works and why it can feel contrived. "Coincidence in fiction makes us feel not that the universe of the story is interestingly predictable, but that it's excessively controlled,heavy,and obvious. In real life we don't expect coincidence and are excited by it because it's unlikely but true." "Coincidence is often what gives fiction its chance to mean something. When two things come together, improbably or not, a spark is struck." Both quotes from Alice Mattison's The Kite and the String, my brilliant professor @benningtonwritingseminars many years ago. I enjoyed both these books. #writersofinstagram #amwriting #amreading #thefemalepersuasion @megwolitzer #anamericanmarriage @tayariWalking through Florence and found this. #TheNecklace #writersofinstagram @newtoncomptoneditoriFavorite place with a favorite author. Getting ready for the release of her new book, The Female Persuasuon, I spent a little time with an early work. @megwolitzer #amreading #inthebathtub #writinglife #thefemalepersuasion"Read everything that is good for the good of your soul. Then, learn to read as a writer, to search out that hidden machinery, which it is the business of art to conceal and the business of the apprentice to comprehend." Margot Livesey takes you through her canon (Austen, Forster, Woolf, Flaubert) of writers and dissects their craft under different lenses - dialogue or research or setting or character. An inspiring and fortifying book. #amreading #amwriting #margotlivesey #writersofinstagram #writingtipsThe house is quiet again. Patti Smith was here on stage in October, and I'm still not really over it. She mentioned she was reading Duras's book on Writing and though I'd read The Lover, I hadn't read this. Duras (and Smith) understand the importance of space - quiet, familiar and private - whether a certain table in a cafe or an entire beloved house. #amwriting #amreading #writersofinstagram #pattismith #margueriteduras #quietin2018
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