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Reading to imitate, reading to steal

Graham, R (2019) Reading to imitate, reading to steal. Writing in Practice, Vol. 5. ISSN 2058-5535

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This article considers the effect of reading as a writer on the composition of a novel. In it, the author reflects on the way he studied a number of texts which share themes with the novel he was writing and took them apart so that he could learn to emulate their use of particular effects. These models include The Great Gatsby, Le Grand Meaulnes and François Truffaut’s The Adventures of Antoine Doinel. The focus throughout is on the importance to creative writers of both reading as a writer and reflection. The author examines not only what can be learned from reading as a writer, but also how it can in itself inspire the writing.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: R.S.Graham, Reading to imitate, reading to steal. Writing in Practice, 5, Editors: Derek Neale, Liz Cashdan, Carrie Etter and Andrew Melrose. March 2019.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Screen School
Publisher: NAWE
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 07:21
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 21:10
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10792
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