Some studies say that people who read literature have more empathy for others, as literature puts the reader into another person's shoes. Having empathy for others leads people to socialize more effectively, solve conflicts peacefully, collaborate better in the workplace, behave morally, and possibly even become involved in making their community a better place.
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Other studies note a correlation between readers and empathy but do not find causation. Either way, studies back the need for strong English programs in schools, especially as people spend more and more time looking at screens rather than books. Along with empathy for others, readers can feel a greater connection to humanity and less isolated.
Students who read literature can find solace as they realize that others have gone through the same things that they are experiencing or have experienced. This can be a catharsis and relief to them if they feel burdened or alone in their troubles. Share Flipboard Email. Esther Lombardi is a veteran journalist who has written about literature, education, and technology.
Updated August 12, Here are some quotes about literature from literature giants themselves.
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Robert Louis Stevenson : "The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish. Continue Reading. Should you watch the movie? Oh, and did I mention Alice Hoffman? Hang on while I get on my soapbox. I hate being pigeonholed. We know that women read both male and female authors; men tend to read only male authors.
This is all part of gender inequity in publishing, something that has been proven by a group called VIDA, which annually crunches numbers to see how many review outlets review books by women, women of color, nonbinary folks, writers with disabilities, etc. How do we combat gender bias in publishing? The way we grow as people is to listen to those whose points of view differ from our own. After he received two book reviews in one week from the NYT, I tweeted a fact, that the NYT tends to review male authors two days a week Sunday and weekday — twice as often as it typically reviews female authors.
This is suspicious since the majority of book buyers are women. Jennifer Weiner, a wonderful, outspoken author, immediately came to my defense. And we both go out of our way to promote unknown writers— blurbing their books, blogging and tweeting about them. Furthermore, Mr. Franzen actually agreed with us, stating that women writers do not get the same sort of coverage that men do. The moral of this story?
I believe that there is some really bad literary fiction out there, and some really brilliant commercial fiction, and that these are pretty arbitrary lines that have been drawn by the panelists who judge the National Book Awards, for example. Let's just say I am the world's worst friend. Tell me something and it's likely to end up in a character's mouth.
A disagreement I had with my husband became a pivotal scene in The Pact. For Perfect Match , I'd go to breakfast in the morning, take notes on what my kids said, and then go upstairs and transform their voices into the character of Nathaniel. I usually draw a plot out of thin air, but pepper the book with real-life conversations I have had in different contexts.
My friends tell me that it's really strange to be reading one of my books and to find one's life sprawled across the page… What the heck did you mean by the end of Keeping Faith? Orange Is The New Black. Queer Eye. In fact, Janet Evanovich used to live in my hometown but I only met her once although we did share a cleaning lady several years ago! I am fortunate to count some terrific authors among my friends, but they are people that I've met through various speaking engagements or chance meetings. For the most part, however, writing is a very solitary process.
Oh, you'd know it. Real writers can't sleep because there are stories batting around inside their heads. Real writers create characters they weep over, because they are so real. Real writers can't NOT write. DO IT. Many people have a novel inside them, but most don't bother to get it out. Writing is grunt work - you need to have self-motivation, perseverance, and faith… talent is the smallest part of it one need only read some of the titles on the NYT Bestseller list to see that… : If you don't believe in yourself, and you don't have the fortitude to make that dream happen, why should the hotshots in the publishing world take a chance on you?
I don't believe that you need an MFA to be a writer, but I do think you need to take some good workshops. These are often offered through writer's groups or community colleges. You need to learn to write on demand, and to get critiqued without flinching. When someone can rip your work to shreds without it feeling as though your arm has been hacked off, you're ready to send your novel off to an agent.
There's no magic way to get one of those - it took me longer to find my wonderful agent than it did to get published! I suggest the Literary Marketplace , or another library reference material. Keep sending out your work and don't get discouraged when it comes back from an agent - just send it out to a different one. All of this will make you a better writer. This is the biggest caveat for beginning writers. Instead, force yourself to finish what you began, and THEN go back and edit it. What a brick-and-mortar publisher brings you is the marketing and connections to bring attention to your book — not to mention placement in stores for foot traffic.
Plus, think about the great success stories of e-publishing. Amanda Hocking and E. James had plenty of success with their e-books and plenty of people knew they existed. But they all chose to also sign a traditional publishing contract. Now, there are times when self-publishing or publishing on demand makes sense.
Say you have a great story and you want it on paper and you want your closest friends and family to read it. Definitely self publish, and print the number of copies you want.
There is a trend in publishing now where editors are literally trolling for successful ebooks they can then sign as traditional authors with hard copies. So get out there and canvass to sell your book. Go to libraries and meet with book clubs. Get word of mouth going. Go to literary festivals. Make your book the buzz of the town, so that someone in publishing takes note. First, I have plenty of my own stories to write first!
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For that reason I always encourage people to write their own stories. THEN you can decide whether or not you want to publish it — or find a ghost writer to help you polish it. I love getting fan mail. Often, as a writer, you never know what your readers think of a book… you get critical reviews and sales figures, but none of that is the same as knowing you've made a person stay up all night reading, or helped them have a good cry, or really touched their life. The best part of this web site is the accessibility fans have to me via email.
Please email me and tell me what you thought of the book you read! The letters come right to me, and I always answer. I wish I could…but I can't honor every request, and it's not fair to pick some instead of others. I used to compromise with phone chats, but then a magazine mentioned that and I had to quit, after scheduling fifty in one weekend. However, if your book club discusses one of my books and has any lingering questions, you can email me see above and I will do my best to answer them. And I LOVE meeting entire book groups at my signings - if you schedule a field trip to one of my events, you can ask me all your questions in person there!
I do, but unfortunately, I have to charge a pretty hefty amount for my time. Book donations can be requested by contacting Susan Corcoran , at Random House.. Donations are at the discretion of the publisher. If you want a signed photo, send a prepaid, preaddressed 8x10 envelope with a note about how you want it inscribed. International readers: I am so, so sorry but due to increasingly complex customs requirements and currency differences I am unable to sign books that require me to ship outside the US.
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Educational Value. Positive Messages. Melinda's pain and ultimate hope for healing is described honestly and compassionately. Moderate swearing typical of high-schoolers. Thirteen-year-old Melinda and her friends drink at a party. What parents need to know Parents need to know that this National Book Award finalist is about a girl traumatized by a rape and is then isolated from her peers. Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox.
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