Writing Like the Literary Classics

From Linda Clare:

In my novel-writing classes, I ask students to bring in a novel they’ve read and enjoyed. If I don’t add, “Please bring one in that’s less than a decade old,” they often bring in literary classics. A lot of Steinbeck, Hemingway, and dear Jane Austen finds the spotlight. When I ask students to read the first lines of their chosen novel, the class marvels at how much briefer and to the point contemporary novels are compared to these classics. What’s going on?

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