How The Great Gatsby is Helping Me

I am going to use your ideas with my students to help them with their writing as I love how you have used description from Gatsby to inform your own style!


Should I be ashamed that, until last night (see my twitter, @ZJHitt), I had never even made an attempt to even start reading the Great Gatsby by the Great F. Scott Fitzgerald. Anyway, as it turns out, my brother owns a copy, so I decided to take a look.

My reading of it was not random. After taking in the first twelve pages of my fiction, he had the basic comment: “You need to work on some of this prose.”

At first I took it as an insult and I wanted to say, “Fuck you, this is brilliant.” But instead, I went with the droll, “how do you mean?” As it turns out, the exact thing he was talking about was the difference in adjectives and adverbs, which, if you’re not an English major, means the following:

An adjective is a tool we use to describe a person, place, or…

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