Tag: Carol Shields

  • Writing Thumbnail Character Sketches

    Writing Thumbnail Character Sketches

    We see people and things not as they are, but as we are. Anthony de Mello Park: “What did he look like?” Girl: “Well, kind of plain.” Park: “In what way?” Girl: “Just……..ordinary.” Memories of Murder, Bong Joon-Ho (2003) Readers differ in the amount of description they need when reading a fictional character. I remember once writing a short story…

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  • Purple Blooms by Carol Shields Short Story Analysis

    Purple Blooms by Carol Shields Short Story Analysis

    “Purple Blooms” is a short story by American-born Canadian writer Carol Shields (1935 – 2003), included in the collection Various Miracles (1985).

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  • Accidents by Carol Shields Analysis

    The more you read of [Shields’] stories the more you sense her delight in making connections, moving things on…If Shields had a single subject in these stories it was really solace, the strategies we employ to keep despair, or doubt, or even confusion at bay. Mostly that solace comes from language, whether it be literature or everyday wisdom…She dwells a lot…

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