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Picturing a World

Copying

Website tip:Artists have always studied other artists’ work by copying it. I found this lovely 1595 drawing by Federico Zuccaro of his brother Taddeo Zuccaro sketching frescoes by Raphael via the always interesting Lines and Colors.

Writers, what written equivalent can we come up? An author in the voice of Virginia Woolf’s Judith Shakespeare tells a story about William poaching from Christopher Marlowe? A screenwriter’s pitch for the story of how his successful show runner sister dreamed up a series based on Nancy Drew? Read More 
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Parentheses (in praise of)

In a fantasy story I’m working on, I sometimes put the narrator’s comments into parentheses. Neil Gaiman has said that, as a child, he fell in love with C. S. Lewis’s use of parentheses for chatty asides, which made him aware that  Read More 
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Sergeant, not Sargent

Blog tip: This morning’s GurneyJourney post on Meissonier’s Sergeant sets me musing on the parallels between novels about novelists and pictures of artists at work. If I come up with anything worth writing down, you’ll see it here!

Meanwhile, what  Read More 
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