Would-be writers of fantasy often assume that fantasy worlds are easier to write than stories of the everyday. They also assume that in fantasy, you can ignore all the rules that govern the writing of non-genre fiction. This isn’t strictly true. You may be able to break the laws of physics in…
Alexander Chen reminisces about studying with the inimitable Annie Dillard, who echoes Mark Twain’s contention that “all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources,” Alexander Graham Bell’s assertion that "our most original compositions are composed exclusively of expressions derived from others,” and young Virginia Woolf’s observation that "all the Arts … imitate as far as they can the one great truth that all can see.”
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Leaves can be very loud. (at Washington University School of Medicine)