I think the thing that’s so heartbreaking and wonderful about The Great Gatsby is that Gatsby is an analog for the elemental bittersweet of the human condition.
His love for Daisy is so powerful and complete and untenable that it rings with mortality. It’s like life: you love it, you want to preserve it, you want to cradle its sweet moments forever, but they are all, all, destined to slip inexorably from your grasp.
Thanks to Chuck Wendig’s250 Things You Should Know About Writing, I am now a 9th-dan black belt in using the highlight function of my Kindle. It’s a passed platter of intellectual hors d’oevres – scallops of insight wrapped in unicorn bacon.
There are many wonderful nuggets of concision in here, all swaddled in punk-rock-space-pirate swagger.
If you need to teach writing, you can steal from this book like it was an unattended Circle K after a Hurricane. And given that you can buy it for your Kindle for $0.99, I’d say it’s worth hucking a buck to Chuck.
If you want to create good characters, you’ve gotta know people. And subtle, non-verbal communication reveals our true thoughts, even when we’re working like crazy to hide them.
This book is a great guide to body language and other behavioral cues that tell you how to interpret what someone is really saying.
I know that my characters often look away, or scratch a chin, etc. But with this book as a guide, I can make those gestures more specific, more meaningful, and more true to life. And thus I recommend it to you as well.