Show, Not Tell

Fiction writers are urged to show, not tell, that is have the characters do something that demonstrates their personality, state of mind and the situation, rather than simply describe these things. Dan that work in a nonfiction book? In a business book? Yes. Rather than think in terms of how characters display their personalities, think […]

Literature and Social Skills

We all know that reading books is a good thing. But apparently reading literary fiction is also good for your social skills (maybe not social media, but what works in the real world can work in the virtual one, too). A study published in Science, and reported in The New York Times, has found that […]

Classic Literary Fiction

In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts published “Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America,” in which it predicted that the precipitous decline in literary reading in this country since the 1980’s would lead, ultimately, to its extinction within a generation or two. Given such a gloomy assessment, it was reasonable […]