Monthly Archives: April 2013

Do Readers Translate the Same Words to Different Meanings?

By Monica Nelson In the book On Writing Fiction, Rethinking Conventional Wisdom About the Craft, Author David Jauss discusses the correlation between the underlying structure of a work and a piece of music’s rhythm. Basically, the author is a composer using words, sentence and paragraph structure, and flow to create a masterpiece in the same way as your favorite musical composition. Whether it is classical or rock or some other form of inspiration, the music resonates with the listener. In this same way, a story’s purpose is to resonate with the reader’s own internal linguistics. Done correctly, or should I say masterfully, it will impact a large reader audience. This … Continue reading

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Thoughts on a Kindness

By Monica Nelson Someone, and I can’t mention names, because he specifically asked that I not tell anyone, showed me a great kindness today. I was overwhelmed with his generosity, leaving his office fighting back tears. I thanked him profusely, but it was not enough. I could find no words to express the gratitude I felt for this act of kindness. If you look at it from his perspective, he gave a little of himself. It wasn’t a huge inconvenience to him. But it’s impact on me was large. And the very idea that he thought to do such a thing for me without concern for how much it cost … Continue reading

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