New York is constantly documented throughout film, television, literature, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The glitz and glamour that have become pseudonymous with this city are contrasted by dark and tragic tales of the city that once was.
That Fitzgerald intended some of the stories in Taps at Reveille to be brutal and unpleasant is clear. The title itself indicates that we wake up to death. T It's also unsurprising to find Fitzgerald could use words as weapons, coarse language to create.
Often in our English classes we hear about literary magazines, but have you actually read any? Well, if you haven't, you're in luck! Now more than ever, there are literary magazines geared towards the young adult genre. (Insert happy dance.)
The book must be one neither of you have read. If you need a recommendation, browse your nearest physical bookstore, perhaps simultaneously, if you live far from each other, so that you can choose together.
Mavis Gallant died recently at the entirely respectable age of 91. On top of the lack of maternal love and affection, Gallant endured other unimaginable emotional assaults and upheavals, realities that underlie her fiction.
I love outsider stories, especially outsider-in-America stories -- the stories of characters that show up in places central casting would never expect them to be. Same for the stories of characters that have every right to be someplace.
Not only was I going to die someday, but I was very small in comparison to the rest of the world, which was rather large. I couldn't get over how small I felt. I was an ant and the universe was expansive and I was drowning in the hugeness of it all.
As I prepare to move from a house to an apartment this year (what -- freelance writers don't make hedge-fund salaries?), I've become particularly aware of relocation scenarios in literature. Yes, a major plot device in fiction involves characters going to a new place.
Do women write the best novels starring women? Do men write the best novels starring men? In many cases, yes. But while there's a lot to be said for "living the gender," there are also some great literary works featuring title characters who are the opposite sex of the author.
Everyone loves a good horror story. Try to write one, though, and you will quickly discover that it's not enough simply to create a monster. You must also create a reason for the monster to exist. The monster is often a manifestation of a character's inner monstrosity.