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Extracts of exquisite writing from Mohsin Hamid’s “how to get filthy rich in rising Asia”

One of the most exquisite pieces of contemporary writing I’ve read recently is “…rising Asia” by Mohsin Hamid. Ostensibly s self-help manual, this quicksilver sliver of contemporary fiction traces the arc of the protagonist (the unarmed “you”) from childbirth (“start with a business plan”), to the final poignant, bitter-sweet “have an exit strategy.” I have … Continue reading

Show AND Tell

Adapted from “Show and Tell: There’s a Reason It’s Called Storytelling” by Carol-Lynn Marrazzo Contrary to what you may think or may have been led to believe, writers TELL their stories. Take a look at this package from Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People”:   “She sat staring at him. There was nothing about her face … Continue reading

Ten Tips to Better Literary Fiction

Show don’t tell, EXCEPT in the epiphany REMOVE all adverbs and adjectives Give each sentence (paragraph, page, chapter) an ARC Character IS plot Explicate the DESIRES of each character Break the inner CORE of each character and create a NEW core Describe how events lead each character to lose their IDENTITY (and create a new … Continue reading