Writing

Story & Plot: Americanah

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Plot and story are different things, albeit sometimes difficult to pull apart. In fact, in a well-plotted novel it should be damn-near impossible to separate them, because good plotting intricately intertwines its underlying stories into an almost invisibly woven fabric.

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To Read or Not to Read…

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‘Which should I do? Read, or write?… There’s not much of a record, in the memoirs of writers, about the tension I have just described, the silent competition between reading and writing. I don’t know if many writers feel it. I do know some writers seem to resent reading, to resent literature even – as if it were unfair competition.’

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Poets on Film

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There’s been a spate of films about poets in recent years and this got me wondering whether there was still something ‘romantic’ about the figure of the poet in the public consciousness – a strange idea perhaps, given the ever-diminishing sales of poetry. But how successful are films at showing the creative process of a poet, or encouraging viewers to actually read the poets’ work?

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