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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Following those writing rivers

“To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities.   We all belong to an ancient identity. Stories are the rivers that take us there.” – Frank Delaney

Noted for his attention to the basics and basis of writing and writing style, Irish novelist, journalist and broadcaster Delaney is the author of New York Times best-sellers Ireland, and the non-fiction book Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea.

A great essayist, Delaney’s work has been published in many of the leading newspapers in the United States, the UK and Ireland, including on the Op-ed pages of The New York Times.  He also is a frequent public speaker and has been a contributor and guest on a variety of National Public Radio programs. 

Frank Delaney

As for possible writers to emulate and why, he noted, '”The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald remains the most perfect novel that has ever come out of the United States. Everything in the book moves as it should, in the manner of a piece by Bach or Mozart.  (And) If you need proof of how the oral relates to the written, consider that many great novelists, including Joyce and Hemingway, never submitted a piece of work without first reading it aloud.”

Wise words and great advice.  Happy writing!

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