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by Nina Munteanu • 14 comments
A good opening resonates with the theme of your story; a great opening creatively illuminates that theme with intrigue.
When I began marketing my short stories and novels, I was often puzzled and close to affronted by the request to just see the first page of my work. “I only need to see the first page to know whether...
CBC Canadian Literary Award-winning poet and novelist Erin Bow shares her thoughts on poetry, YA fantasy, and the connections between physics and poetry
Physicist, author, poet, mother—Erin Bow wears a lot of hats, all of them successfully. Her poetry—published under her maiden name, Erin Noteboom—has won the CBC Canadian Literary Award, among major p...
by Nina Munteanu • 3 comments
“The common definition of plot,” says Ansen Dibell, author of Elements of Fiction Writing: Plot, “is that it’s whatever happens in the story.” But, “it doesn’t tell you how to make one,” he adds.
“The common definition of plot,” says Ansen Dibell, author of Elements of Fiction Writing: Plot, “is that it’s whatever happens in the story.” But, “it doesn’t tell you how to make one,” he adds. “Plo...
by Nina Munteanu • 23 comments
Bell’s performance was an experiment in context, perception and priorities – as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste...it brings up yet another question about North Americans as a culture: do we need someone else to tell us what is beautiful and worthwhile?
Some years ago Washington Post staff writer Gene Weingarten decided to experiment on the hypothesis: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend? Weingarten asked internation...
by Nina Munteanu • 16 comments
Philosopher Mark Kingwell wrote, “travel is a drug, and not just because it can be addictive. More because it alters consciousness, dilates the mind and maybe even rewires the cerebral cortex …
On my third day in Paris, I got lost. I didn’t mean to; it just happened. I’d started early and joined the morning crowd at the Musée d’Orsay. After a breathtaking journey through the visions of Fr...
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