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Writing Style: Sparse, Oblique
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Let me show you some specific examples. What difference do you notice? Who is more action-oriented? Who is more introspective? By the Light of the Moon: A high-speed car chase not really a chase but a mission that lasts approximately 10 minutes in real time, stretches 15 pages in the book.

At times, I forget the chase was even happening because the side tangents and in-depth character thoughts were so dense. In the following sentence Wolff captures the entire time frame of 7th grade aka puberty: Does one style draw you in more than the other? Why do you think that is? I personally enjoy both. Other months I crave the second-by-second, in-the-mind-of-the-character stories of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and others. Posted on March 1, , in A Writer's Life , Editing , Literature and tagged books , comparison , dean koontz , fiction , literature , nonfiction , reading , science fiction , tobias wolff , writing.

You really get to know his characters. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. When you put dye in the water, it is no longer clear. From the outset, this had to be a work of fiction. That he told us about it. I want to politely introduce you all, then walk away. To see what was important and what was not. Things have to settle for me….

I told her what Wolff had said and it helped her as much as it did me — a certain recognition of a shared trait. Wolff spoke about process, how he wished he could call up good stories on command — how that was not possible for him.

All it takes is one or two years for it not to be given to see the truth of this. To reconcile present conditions with a history.

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- The Rich Brother by Tobias Wolff Works Cited Not Included Tobias Wolff's short story, "The Rich Brother", is a parallel story to the biblical fable of Able and Cain. The biblical story of Able and Cain is that of the first story that puts man against man.

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Tobias Wolff: I think I never really understood until I wrote this passage the degree to which my aspirations were shaped by consciousness of class, probably as much as by my love of literary art - in my narrator's case, and mine, the desire to escape the problem of class altogether, which is simply further evidence of its power. Perhaps this is a hoary . On September 6 th, Tobias Wolff touched down on the campus of SNC for a brief but profound visit. His book School Days, about a boy’s evolution into a writer, is the all-school read of What a gift for emerging writers to hear a writer talk about his process and journey towards craft.

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Mar 01,  · After reading Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life, I wanted my next read to be lighthearted and plot based. So, I picked up an old Dean Koontz novel, By the Light of the Moon. The two books could not be more different. Of course genre plays a big part, but the difference in writing styles is striking. Writing Style: Sparse, Oblique Wolff doesn't want to lose us to flowery phrases and poetic lyricism (which doesn't really fit his whole Portrait of the Hooligan as a Young Man approach anyway). His sentences are short and get to the point.