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An Essay Related to the Writing Craft

Today, for fun, I’m posting an essay I wrote first semester, looking at a Eudora Welty short story through the eyes of a writer. How does a good writer do it? What are the elements of a good story? There’s always some kind of conflict, often a three-act structure, and ah, variation.

[Nota bene: The bias alert! on my proofreading software is disturbed at my use of the word “ladies” in the following essay. It indicates I should have used the term “women.” I’m choosing to let this essay stand as is, totally un-PC, in favor of following Welty’s original language. Either Welty, who wrote in the dark ages of the 1940s and 50s, thought “lady” was an acceptable nominative for a full-grown, female person, or she’s demeaning her characters. Read her short story and decide for yourself.] Continue reading

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