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character development in The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

What The Hobbit characters teach us about character development

If J.R.R. Tolkien knows how to do one thing, it’s create characters that readers love. Luckily, he also knows how to create wonderful worlds and engaging plot twists, too, but it’s the characters who really stick with you after reading one of his books. In the first book in his history of Middle Earth, The […]

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Who Chekhov was, and why modern writers should care

Anton Chekhov. The short story writer named by nearly every great Western twentieth century writer as a significant influence, who shaped the modern short story as we know it, was this nineteenth century Russian writer. Writers of every genre should be familiar with the work of Chekhov because of the extent of his influence on […]

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Editing tips from Raymond Carver

With two versions of American short story writer Raymond Carver’s collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love available, we have a unique opportunity to compare the writer’s original work with the heavily-edited stories that made up the successful collection. We can learn lessons about how editing can alter a story as well […]

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Tips from Ernest Hemingway’s short stories

In novels such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms and short stories including “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” American writer Ernest Hemingway explored such themes as restlessness, war, loss and death and became an enormous influence on modern literature. Writers of all genres […]

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How to emulate Hemingway

Hemingway was one of the most notable writers of the 20th century – a fantastic reason for wanting to emulate his writing style! It is from the greats that we can follow guidelines and snatch snippets of style to model pleasing prose. Ernest certainly did have a distinct and influential style, one that continues to […]

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