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Hector Acosta from Dallas is reading Fletch September 4, 2012 - 6:45am

So I just realized that I'm not really getting the most out of my LitReactor membership, as I haven't ever really looked at all the essay's stored in the site.  Figured I would get some folk's recommendations here.

Extra points for anyone that has read my stuff and can think of something that would possibly help me.

 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. September 4, 2012 - 7:56am

There isn't an essay here that isn't going to help you out.  It depends on your level of writing experience and your style as to which ones are going to be the most helpful.  But, the one piece of advice I can give without any hesitation is: TAKE NOTES.

Just like in any class, pull out a notebook, put a title at the top, and write down every thing that you know you need to remember.  I can't stress it enough.  Writing down the important things will reinforce it in your head (and give you a handy guide for rewriting and for critiquing - being able to reference the essay each time you give that same advice during a critique is doubly handy).

As for me, the essays that taught me the most are:

Palahniuk Essays: 1, 3, 4, 6, and 13.  I reference these in almost every critique.

Clevenger Essays: 2 (especially the Shark Noises part), and 3

The rest of the essays aren't grouped by people, so it would take too long to reference them all.  But every single one of them is helpful.  I need to reread all of them and take notes this time.