What Hooks the Reader — A Case Study

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Every avid reader out there is convinced it’s the stunning use of words that makes a great writer. And every struggling writer out there believes it is the beautiful prose that hooks the reader.

Think back to essay writing in your English (or in my case, Croatian) classes back in elementary school. You might still hear your teacher raving about the lush, beautiful sentences, while conveniently ignoring the fact that the story itself was either a giant clump of consecutive things that happened (with not much causality between them), or all together — nonexistent.

Bestselling books, the classics . . . they’re all beautifully written (or most of them, anyway). So, intuitively we conclude — aided by our creative writing teachers — that it is stunning prose that makes a story worth reading.

When in fact, it’s the exact opposite.

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Writing Fiction as a Way of Practicing Mindfulness

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It’s no news that writing can be used in healing purposes. There are dozens of studies that support that conclusion. One of the leading scientists in the field, a social psychologist Dr. James W. Pennebaker has conducted controlled clinical research on the mind-body connection and found that expressive writing can help with both physical health and work performance. More information can be found in his book Opening up: the healing power of expressing emotion.

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My Literary Trip Across England

Chatsworth House (aka Pemberly)

I am a huge fan of two Janes; Jane Austen and Jane Eyre. These two women hold a very special place in my heart ever since I found out about them decades ago. And both of them have been an inspiration in two ways— in life and in literature.

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