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Writing that Moves: Amontillado Wrap-up

In the last half of “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor leads Fortunato down through several more levels of catacombs, and the bones become more numerous and the air more stale, so that the torch glows rather than flames. Beforehand, though, … Continue reading

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Writing that Moves: Choosing Detail

Contrary to what you may have read, the author mentioned the curtains for a reason and made them blue for a reason! Either that, or he was a crappy writer. I’m interrupting my look at “The Cask of Amontillado” to … Continue reading

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Writing that Moves: Amontillado, Part 4

For those who are coming to this late, I’m critiquing Poe’s story on the level of craft, to demonstrate things to look for in writing when you are reading stories you’d like to emulate. There were no attendants at home; … Continue reading

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Writing that Moves: Amontillado, Part 3

This continues my look at the technique used in Poe’s story. Since this is a longer excerpt, I’m placing it below. General Notes: The narrator recounts how he found and began to deceive Fortunato during a carnival. The narrator does … Continue reading

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Writing that Moves: Amontillado, Part 2

This continues my look at the technique used in Poe’s story. I’m doing these not so much to critique the story but to test and build up a vocabulary to help myself and others read with attention at the level … Continue reading

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Writing that Moves: Amontillado, Part 1

Poe’s classic short story “The Cask of Amontillado” has gripped my imagination since I first read it in junior high. How does it work? Here’s the first part, taken from the whole story at Project Gutenberg. It’s nice and short. … Continue reading

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Writing that Moves: Learning by Reading Reference List

Crack open a few books on writing, and you’re liable to get the sound advice that the stories you admire are full of tricks you can learn from. A few of these writing books may even give examples. All the … Continue reading

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