How to Read Like a Writer

In a class I was teaching recently, a student asked me an unexpected question: How do I read more effectively? He told me he loved reading and he certainly had opinions about the books he read, but he didn’t know how to translate those opinions into a method to...

Create Immersive Setting and Place in Just 5 Days

If you’ve been hanging around the writers’ water cooler for a bit, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the term “worldbuilding” followed by the names Rowling or Tolkien spoken in hushed, reverential tones. You may have wondered, “What is it? Do I need it? If so, how do I...

A Surprising Trick to Write Vivid Description

Each October, the Van Cortlandt Manor, a few miles north of Manhattan, hosts the Great Pumpkin Blaze. We’ve never been able to get tickets—by the time we got around to thinking about autumn and Halloween, it was always sold out. This year we didn’t leave it to chance....

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