Revisit the Classics

Hello writers, it’s Adair Heitmann here, writing to you in my last Fairfield Writer’s Blog of 2010. Be sure to stay tuned in 2011, as we have surprises up our sleeves with a possible blog make-over, and the addition of fresh writers to our contributing roster.

During this season, as you travel to visit relations near and far, I invite you to take a breather and journey no farther than your favorite easy chair.  You know that reading makes us better writers. This year why not pick up a classic? Sit back, relax, turn off your phone, and indulge yourself. As you absorb the story let yourself discover why it endures the shifting sensibilities of time. Then apply what you learn to your own writing projects next year.

Two books that linger from one generation to the next are The Gift of the Magi and A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Did you know that neither one was published first as a book? O. Henry wrote his short story The Gift of the Magi in 1906. Dylan Thomas wrote his prose poem A Child’s Christmas in Wales in 1945 and it was first published in Harper’s Bazaar. O. Henry’s story brims with a bitter-sweet tale of the true meaning of generosity. Thomas’s cadence and tempo paint a picture of a time and place that is all but gone, yet his words conjure it up again and again each time you read the book.

The gems from these books that I will bring into my writing next year are:

1. Strive for poignancy.

2. Let my true voice carry the rhythm of my words.

3. Never underestimate the longevity of a short story or poem.

Do you have a favorite seasonal classic? Comment here and share it with all our readers. Tell us why it withstands the test of time.

Until next year, keep on writing!


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