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Not too much of a poet: Commandments for writing Dynamic Prose

10/10/2010

There are three commandments, James N Frey says,  if you want to write dynamic prose:

  1. Be specific
  2. Appeal to all the senses
  3. Be a poet (but not too much of a poet!)

Frey’s How to Write a Damn Good Novel is one of my well-thumbed books on writing:  ‘A Step-by-step no-nonsense guide to dramatic storytelling.’

You can read a short interview with Frey here.

And now I am off to transform a piece of dead weight prose with these wise commandments and to get ready for a heavy dose of poetry at CUISLE Limerick City International Poetry Festival later in the week.

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