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Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #5

Nowadays, despite claims of Latin American exclusivity, magic realism is considered an international commodity. Critics are even proposing a connection between magic realism and postmodernism, some of their shared characteristics being “the dissolution of character and narrative instance, the erasure of boundaries, and the destabilization of the reader.”

Magic Realism vs. Magical Realms #2

Ever since One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez drew the world's attention, some have applauded the magic realism as a significant international literary movement while others either see it as no more than Latin America’s ‘authentic expression’ or refer to it as a postcolonial style per se.

The Gist of a Great Blog Series

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. Plus, effective book publicity relies on strong promotional messages, which are extracted from the themes contained in your writing that, collectively, make up the premise of the story.

What is the Gist of Your Story? #6

Walls says it took her more than 25 years of agonizing over the “intensely personal” and “potentially embarrassing” childhood experiences before she managed to approach her story in a constructive way, and then it took another 3 to 4 years of rewrites before the book was ready for publication.

What is the Gist of Your Story? #4

If I stacked up the pages of book summaries along with the chapters I have written over the past three years, I’m convinced the pile would hit the ceiling. The main message or theme of my work-in-progress memoir has changed that many times. In fact, the more I wrote, the more it changed because the story unfolded as I wrote. It revealed itself and all I had to do is show up and trust in the process.

What is the Gist of Your Story? #3

“I’ve had a long history with conventional publishing and like most authors, I suspect, I had both good stories and bad stories to tell. So I decided to self-publish my mystery series, and in doing so I was tackling a bit of a mystery of my own, plunging into a whole new world in which I would not only be the author, but the editor, publicist, and marketer as well.”