June 25 marks the 111th birthday of novelist George Orwell, best known for his dystopian masterpiece 1984. Dystopian books such as Orwell’s explore social and political structures within an often dehumanized, doomed society. We asked three fiction writers for the key elements of a good dystopian story.
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Song lyrics combine the poetry form with a story narrative and the confessional elements of a personal essay. These award-winning lyricists share the principles of good songwriting, which have application across all genres.
“What is most important is psychological or soul understanding of characters. I’m not very concerned with what they look like so much as I am concerned with who they are on the deepest level.”
How to find the story between cultural pressure and personal desire.
A grandson’s memoir presents a softer, gentler side of a baseball legend.
“Reading other people’s work helps me as a writer by reminding me that there’s always someone better out there.”
The writers in this issue are known for the power stories they write and the powerful ways they pull us toward their ideas. We travel with them to worlds beyond our own imaginations. And sometimes to worlds buried deep in the recesses of our imaginations.
Writers of all genres can turn to history for inspiration.
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