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Chapter Twenty-Five

Write Like Poe

Reshape, Revise, and Reimagine Great Literary Styles to Discover Your Own Voice

Mort Castle

While teachers urge beginning writers to find their own voices and critics praise established authors for their unique styles and sensibilities, I’ve experienced considerable success in borrowing other writers’ voices and, ahem, emulating their literary techniques.

I’ve been faux Hemingway and fake O. Henry. I’ve donned the dark cloaks of twentieth-century horror masters H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Bloch. I’ve borrowed Samuel Pepys’s parlance and Dr. Samuel Johnson’s dictionary. And, it sometimes shames me to admit, I’ve made more money writing as (pseudo) Edgar Allan Poe than the tragic genius himself.

I’ve taken the concepts ...

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