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Virginia Woolf: most essential gift---the power of combination, the single vision Margaret Atwood: Good writing takes place at intersections Kurt Vonnegut Jr.: do not put anything in a story that doesn’t reveal character or advance the action Focus: Is as important in writing as it is in photography Makes the ordinary extraordinary Finds the meaningful in a confusion on information Elements of Focus A. Selection 1. At the center of the arts is the discipline of selection 2. Artists select was is important B. Emphasis 1. Chip Scanlan 2. “What is the one thing I must say?” 3. Focus makes sure that one meaning is emphasized C. Clarity 1. Anticipate and answer the reader’s questions Premature Focusing—writing and drawing are ways of paying attention and when we pay attention we learn Writing is not reported thought. Writing is more important than that. It is thinking itself How to Focus A. The List 1.
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  • Fall '11
  • Dr.Smith
  • English Literature, Writer, Meaning of life, good writing, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., dominant meaning

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