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Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

From Michael Cunningham: Literature is an act of seduction

Written By: Jessica Morrell - Jul• 07•15

calla lilies redThe writer of fiction, no matter how edgy or unorthodox, is stuck with a simple and an unalterable truth. Literature is, inescapably, an act of seduction, whether the writer hopes to seduce millions with a story of an adolescent vampire in love, or a handful of readers, who are willing to take a darker, strange, more enigmatic ride. Which involves a certain element of what I’ll call: You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.

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