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Story Ideas: How to Come Up With Them

November 9, 2015 9:00 am Published by 3 Comments

An upfront refinement: the challenge isn’t coming up with story ideas. The challenge is coming up with your interpretation of the plot you have chosen from the finite pool of story ideas that have existed for all time. So a surefire way to come up with story ideas is to... read more

linguistic Odyssey

Linguistic Odyssey: The Hero’s Journey

November 5, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

My Linguistic Odyssey begins with understanding The Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey: A 12-Step Program American mythologist Joseph Campbell established the hero’s journey in his book Hero With a Thousand Faces (1949). He took inspiration from Austrian psychologist Otto Rank’s The Myth of the Birth of the Hero (1909). Campbell... read more

finding writing time

Finding Writing Time: Six Tips

October 29, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Writers write. Writers have to write. Writers can’t help but write. The problem is: finding writing time. Here are six tips to help you expand your notions of writing, writers, and finding time to write: Finding Writing Time Tip #1: Don’t cripple yourself by imagining that if you’re not writing,... read more

Thanatos and Eros: Death and Love

October 26, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Last month I went to a presentation by Regina José Galindo, a Guatemalan performance artist. She specializes in body art. She works on Thanatos. The event was sponsored by the Duke University Department of Art & History and Duke Latino/a Studies. The room was packed, with easily 70 people in attendance.... read more

Anatomy of Criticism V

September 14, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: I have devoted four previous blogs to Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism (1957). Please see them before reading this: Anatomy of Criticism I, Anatomy of Criticism II, Anatomy of Criticism III, and Anatomy of Criticism IV. This blog is a postscript to Anatomy of Criticism I – IV in which I discuss Northrup Frye’s Anatomy... read more

Anatomy of Criticism, Part 4

September 3, 2015 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: I have devoted three previous blogs to Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism (1957). Please see them before reading this: Anatomy of Criticism I, Anatomy of Criticism II, and Anatomy of Criticism III Here I repeat in bold type the three facets of Frye’s historical approach I outlined in the previous blog. Then I... read more

literary criticism and romance novels

Anatomy of Criticism, Part 3

August 20, 2015 9:02 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: In my previous blog posts Anatomy of Criticism Part I and Anatomy of Criticism Part II, I discuss Northrup Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism (1957). Frye identifies five genres: drama, epic, lyric, history, and novel. He distinguishes among five modes: mythic, romance, high mimetic, low mimetic, and ironic. Two uptakes:... read more