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Don't Irritate Your Readers…

Frank Conroy:  He directed the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for 18 years. He once scolded a student for using irrelevant details in her short story.

 He said: “The author makes a tacit deal with the reader. You hand them a backpack. You ask them to place certain things in it — to remember, to keep in mind — as they make their way up the hill. If you hand them a yellow Volkswagen and they have to haul this to the top of the mountain — to the end of the story — and they find that this Volkswagen has nothing whatsoever to do with your story, you’re going to have a very irritated reader on your hands.”

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  1. I agree. It’s good to keep to the story. On the other hand, when I’m talking, I tend to go off in different directions every now and then. My best friend and I laugh a lot because she does it too.

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