Sunday, November 18, 2007

Effective writing: The wrong kind of sentence structure is one nasty trick

When Ann Patchett appeared at the Fitzgerald Theater as part of our "Talking Volumes" community book club, she said, "Writing a novel is like doing magic. Writing a novel is faking it with authority."

When Ann Patchett appeared at the Fitzgerald Theater as part of our "Talking Volumes" community book club, she said, "Writing a novel is like doing magic. Writing a novel is faking it with authority."

That got me thinking. When a novelist creates the illusion of reality, it's a kind of magic. In what other ways, I wondered, do writers perform magic for their readers?

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