Monday, February 21, 2005

Literary devices

Now (broadening the category a bit): For action, we have "24." For drama, we have "Lost." For economy of expression, we have Hemingway. For literary effulgence, we have so many amateurs that I can't recall them all. The thing is, drama and action are both prerequisites for writing fiction. Because of that, puerile ideas like "Does one write about oneself?" are actually funny. One must write about oneself in the sense that the writer is the source of knowledge that the sunrise comes in a certain way (I'm embarrassed to say how) and that a first love (we each get one!) causes certain reactions. But if your life was filled with enough action and drama to make me want to keep reading, you must be a superhero.


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