Writing And Speaking Articles
With a little patience, mental agility to connect, and love of language, To The Lighthouse could be an enjoyable piece of literature. The characters are well defined, but what adds depth to the novel is their interplay.
This story is about Mrs. Poumier -not I- and I want to put it in paper right quick while I still have this sadness that is gnawing at my guts and heart. If I write it out I feel I will get it out of my guts, heart, and mind. And get some peace.
In 1981, Salman Rushdie published Midnight Children, a novel that one can say belongs to the genre of magic realism. Though the genre has been totally dominated by Latin American writers -Garcia Marquez, Juan Rulfo, Isabel Allende, and Laura Esquivel- the Indian author Rushdie holds his own.
The Irishman Laurence Sterne published his bizarre novel in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next 10 years. It is a humorous work, though some critics -Samuel Johnson among them- found it odd and predicted that it would not survive.
In Book IV of Cicero's Ad Herennium we find a discussion of a rhetorical figure - climax or gradatio - that highlights a series of words that increment in ascending or descending order a particular situation. A writer may use this figure -- to great advantage -- in fiction and essays.
Because of William's emphasis on ways of knowing, many scholars refer to him as the father of modern epistemology and modern philosophy-Descartes and Kant notwithstanding. Though a medievalist philosopher, his ideas are quite relevant to the post-modern mind.
Not only did Adler advance some deep and interpretive psychological concepts, but he also developed a language that is still in use today. I for one have often used these terms -even without knowing of Alfred Adler- to describe inner states such as complex (Napoleon complex), inferiority feelings, inferiority complex, compensation, overcompensation, and style of life.
Having had a career as a concert pianist, Mary Patricia gave me the best piece of advice: "Just like a concert pianist, a writer must practice. You remember how I used to practice five or six hours a day? Well-practice from now on. You must write every day." Practice has made me a writer and saved my life.
Many writers are fond of using an abundance of adverbs. The reason for this is that instead of searching for a precise verb they reach for a quick weak verb; it follows then that verb then will need to be buttressed by an adverb. If the adverb is of the kind that ends in 'ly,' then that is a signal of lazy writing.
Coelho's writing is smooth and fluid; it runs off the page at a fair pace, and you should be able to gobble it up in one sitting. Million copies of this book have been sold world-wide and if you haven't read it yet, go ahead and satisfy your curiosity. You'll make Coelho a few bucks richer with your purchase, but at the same time you'll feel like he's picked your pocket, for in the end you'll be left with nothing concrete but clichés and platitudes.
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