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Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

Quick take: Descriptions work best when they stir readers’ emotions

This one is haunting. From Dorothy Allison’s┬áBastard out of Carolina: I stopped. The music coming through the cottonwoods was gospel. Gut-shaking, deep-bellied, powerful voices rolled through the dried leaves and hot air. This was the real stuff. I could feel the whiskey edge, the grief and holding on, the dark night terror and determination of […]

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