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Questions 575: Recovering Your Reading Delight

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Ed asks: “As I’ve learned more about storytelling, it’s gotten easier to spot writer tricks & techniques – especially when done poorly! – and harder to enjoy reading for pleasure. Any advice?”

Resources Mentioned:
Ep. 555 – The Writer’s Reading Experience
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Questions 574: Studying Big Stories

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Michael asks: “How do you study a work that’s epic in scope?”

Resources Mentioned:
Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree, and Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
Fall of Giants, Book 1 of The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett
Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Roots by Alex Haley
Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Odyssey by Homer
The Illiad by Homer
Book of Genesis, beginning with chapter 12
I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves
The 12 Caesars by Suetonius
Every Day Novelist: In the beginning…
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Questions 212: Stretching Into New Genres (Writing Instruction Series 6)

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In this sixth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How do I get my students to expand their reading tastes so they can write in multiple genres?”

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Books Discussed:

Tales from the Twilight Zone by Rod Serling
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Lie Down with Lions by Ken Follett