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The Art of Quickness: Italo Calvino on Digression as a Hedge Against Death and the Key to Great Writing

The Art of Quickness: Italo Calvino on Digression as a Hedge Against Death and the Key to Great Writing | Storypost | Scoop.it
"Success consists in felicity of verbal expression, which every so often may result from a quick flash of inspiration but as a rule involves
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6 Helpful Creative Writing Prompts To Spark Your Writing | Webgranth

6 Helpful Creative Writing Prompts To Spark Your Writing | Webgranth | Storypost | Scoop.it
There are a number of creative writing exercises that you can consider trying out, and you can be almost guaranteed that you'll come up with something different every time. Because writing can be very therapeutic, it's a great habit to have whenever you have spare time. Just sit down with a pen and a scrap piece of
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Hard Science Fiction: A Beginner’s Guide to the Genre

Hard Science Fiction: A Beginner’s Guide to the Genre | Storypost | Scoop.it
This is a beginner's guide to hard science fiction: a genre that explores the depths of the galaxy while remaining true to science at its core.

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Readerly Reflections: 5 Ways to Slow Down and Smell the Metaphorical Roses While Reading

Readerly Reflections: 5 Ways to Slow Down and Smell the Metaphorical Roses While Reading | Storypost | Scoop.it
Everybody reads at different paces, but if you need a little help slowing down every once in while here are 5 tricks that have helped one Rioter.
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A great way to savour the words and gain more insights from a book.
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The Moth's €10,000 Poetry Prize: Entries Open Until 31 December

The Moth's €10,000 Poetry Prize: Entries Open Until 31 December | Storypost | Scoop.it
Entries are now being accepted for one of the world’s richest poetry prizes, the newly named Moth Poetry Prize. The winner of the 2017 prize will receive €10,000 (approximately US$11,700), with three runners-up to receive…
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Almost the Equinox by Sarah Maguire review – elegant and breathtaking

Almost the Equinox by Sarah Maguire review – elegant and breathtaking | Storypost | Scoop.it
Maguire is our finest gardener-poet and this latest volume is a rich bouquet that exists on the edge of elegy

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'A genuinely disturbing place': England's spookiest sites inspire new ghost stories from top writers

'A genuinely disturbing place': England's spookiest sites inspire new ghost stories from top writers | Storypost | Scoop.it
The likes of Sarah Perry, Jeanette Winterson and Mark Haddon have penned dark tales of ancient houses and hauntings, spanning the country from Audley End in Essex to York Cold War Bunker

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It's interesting how timeless the ghost story is; however certain we are about our world, we still seek out something other.
 
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Sarah Hall: ‘Short stories are a place for dark psychology’

Sarah Hall: ‘Short stories are a place for dark psychology’ | Storypost | Scoop.it
The novelist on writing about sex, her turbulent home life and why short stories are particularly hard to craft

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Tracy K. Smith on life, death, poetry and outer space

Tracy K. Smith on life, death, poetry and outer space | Storypost | Scoop.it
Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith about her memoir, Ordinary Light.

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The Dangers of Reading in Bed

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In 18th-century Europe, the practice was considered a menace to life and property, but mostly to morals. An Object Lesson.

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George Saunders on Anton Chekhov's Different Visions of Happiness

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The Lincoln in the Bardo author dissects the Russian writer’s masterful meditations on beauty and sorrow in the short story “Gooseberries,” and explains the importance of questioning your stance while writing.

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Classic Appreciation: 'Woman on the Edge of Time' by Marge Piercy 40 years on: 'Hope is the engine for imagining utopia'

Classic Appreciation: 'Woman on the Edge of Time' by Marge Piercy 40 years on: 'Hope is the engine for imagining utopia' | Storypost | Scoop.it
Marge Piercy, the landmark feminist novel’s author, reflects on the aspirations for a just society that she dramatised in 1976 – and their continuing relevance

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Why 20 years is not long to wait for Arundhati Roy’s next novel

Why 20 years is not long to wait for Arundhati Roy’s next novel | Storypost | Scoop.it
Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness may follow a 20-year silence, but authors from Tolstoy to Harper Lee have taken longer rests between books
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100 Must-Read Contemporary Short Story Collections

100 Must-Read Contemporary Short Story Collections | Storypost | Scoop.it
A round-up of the best contemporary short story collections published this century, covering literary fiction, horror, fantasy, and more.

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Essay: ‘What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life’ - by Maria Popova

Essay: ‘What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life’ - by Maria Popova | Storypost | Scoop.it
"It is the intentions, the capacities for choice rather than the total configuration of traits which defines the person."
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Translating Poetry: A thorny problem

Translating Poetry: A thorny problem | Storypost | Scoop.it
Here Sue Burke writes about the problems of translating poetry, drawing examples from some of her own haiku. Sue is a widely-published American writer and translator, specialising in poetry and genre fiction. The Spanish language doesn’t have a verb equivalent to “finesse.” You can express the idea, of course. “She finessed her way into the party,” can be said in …
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A Witness of Waxwings

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by Alison Lock A Witness of Waxwings invites us into worlds of shifting time and identities, where brutal reality is often witnessed through a liminal lens. Within these stories are shifts of light…
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Opinion | Memorize That Poem!

Opinion | Memorize That Poem! | Storypost | Scoop.it
Let’s reach beyond our Twitter feeds and show we care about words again.

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I usually read my poetry but I'd like to try learning some by heart, but I'd be nervous I would not be able to remember it when it came to recitation.
 
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Survival of the smallest: the contested history of the English short story

Survival of the smallest: the contested history of the English short story | Storypost | Scoop.it
Reports of the form’s death – and rebirth – have always been greatly exaggerated.

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Forgotten Women Writers: A Reading List

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Kate Gavino shares five stories about forgotten women authors, from Anita Brookner to Nancy Mitford.
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Trying to Make Your Stories Interesting Might Have the Opposite Effect

Trying to Make Your Stories Interesting Might Have the Opposite Effect | Storypost | Scoop.it
However, research shows that listeners are more interested when the story is about something they’ve experienced themselves.

The study, published in Psychological Science, asked speakers to watch a short video, then narrate the video to listeners. Some listeners had already watched the video and others hadn’t. The speakers expected to get more engagement from the listeners who hadn’t seen the video, but they were wrong.

People who already watched the video and knew the story enjoyed hearing it more than the listeners who hadn’t seen the video. You would think it’d be the other way around—who wants to hear a story about something they already know?
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Richard Adams and the Rabbit World of Literature

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Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down  and other novels for children and adults, died on 24 December. He was 96 years old. I

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Costa book award 2016 shortlists dominated by female writers

Costa book award 2016 shortlists dominated by female writers | Storypost | Scoop.it
Rose Tremain, Maggie O’Farrell and Sarah Perry lead contenders for the £30,000 top prize

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