Author Archives: Theodora Goss

The Mythic Arts

When you write a lot for a long time, eventually you learn a very important thing: why you’re writing. I was thinking about just this issue recently: why do I write? Of course I write because I love writing, the … Continue reading

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Studying Adaptations

Writing is a craft and an art, as I’ve said many times and in many places. To learn the craft, you need to study writing. To learn the art, you need to study life. Study it, experience it, live it … Continue reading

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Writing with Density

Recently, I picked up a writing book in a used bookstore. I like to read books about writing, particularly those that focus on writing as a craft, because I find that I always learn something from them. Sometimes I learn … Continue reading

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Being a Changeling

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of a changeling. You know what that is, I’m sure. Although come to think of it, when I ask my students what a changeling is, most of them don’t know. They ask, is … Continue reading

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Shabby and Chic

I’m infinitely grateful to Rachel Ashwell. Unless you’re interested in decorating, you probably don’t know who she is. She’s the decorator and designer who, in the 1990s, introduced the idea of Shabby Chic. It was very influential at the time, … Continue reading

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Glamour and the Struggle

I don’t remember who said it, except that it was a well-known writer. It flashed by one day as I was scrolling down my Twitter feed: “Don’t glamorize the struggle.” And I thought, yes, I know where that’s coming from. … Continue reading

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Creating Rituals

Almost every morning, I do the same thing: wake up, eat breakfast, and then exercise. Breakfast is almost always the same. A bowl of oatmeal with raisins. A mug of tea with milk. A glass of half orange juice and … Continue reading

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