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Motifs, Themes, Arcs, Whatever… What Really Happens When You Write

If you spent most of your high school and college career taking creative writing or English courses, you heard the same bits of advice year after year. If you don’t struggle writing what you know, the next task is to define your theme. Once you figure out the story theme, you need to map out the chain of events and make …

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The Beginning, The Middle, The (Let’s Not Talk About The End)

A few days ago, I finished watching Netflix’s newest miniseries 13 Reasons Why, based on the book written by Jay Asher, and it has left me pondering. Because the story ends on a cliffhanger, I am left with so many questions. But I am also wondering something else: Why is 13 Reasons Why such a sensitive subject? For centuries, there’s …