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Rebecca Renner

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in Gainesville, FL, The United States



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Rebecca Renner is a writer and editor living in Orlando, FL. Her work has appeared recently in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. She has several books in the works and has garnered interest from Big 5 publishers. Stay tuned to see where she goes.

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Rebecca Renner If you're talking about the fiction writing class I'm taking with my MFA, it's been awesome. I teach multi-genre creative writing to high school stude…moreIf you're talking about the fiction writing class I'm taking with my MFA, it's been awesome. I teach multi-genre creative writing to high school students though, and that is always amusing. Trying to write YA fiction is so much easier when you're surrounded by such entertaining teenagers!(less)
Rebecca Renner Her voice is full of money, but the neighbors might disagree.
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I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. I think every creative person should read it.

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“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.”
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“ Have you ever thought your smart devices are spying on you? This is a thoroughly modern fear that Ruth Ware’s new book, The Turn of the Key, plays out in a classic British mystery setting, a mansion on the Scottish Highlands. Ware’s novels ...” Read more of this interview »
Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”
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Chuck Palahniuk
“It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

Gustave Flaubert
“It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating. Today, for instance, as man and woman, both lover and mistress, I rode in a forest on an autumn afternoon under the yellow leaves, and I was also the horses, the leaves, the wind, the words my people uttered, even the red sun that made them almost close their love-drowned eyes.”
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“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
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Rebecca Renner R.B. wrote: "The Hero With a Thousand Faces This book has had a huge impact on writing craft. Virtually everyone knows about "the hero's journey" pattern for developing your plot and some "archety..."

I went into the book expecting it to be mostly about the hero's journey, but it's much more complex than that. It does a deep dive into all the important archetypes that parallel each other in the myths of various world traditions. Unfortunately, I'd have to be writing a thesis on it to go back and pick out pages. I do think you should read it, because you'll get a lot more out of it than just the one hero's journey structure.

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R.B. Young The Hero With a Thousand Faces This book has had a huge impact on writing craft. Virtually everyone knows about "the hero's journey" pattern for developing your plot and some "archetypal" characters who aid or oppose the hero figure. However, I -- like a lot people? -- haven't read this book. And I don't feel the need to. Am I missing out? Are there essential pages in this book that aren't encapsulated in the hero's-journey idea?

Rebecca Renner Amanda wrote: "I was going through and deleting the ton of book recommendations when I saw your message "Rebecca Renner wanted to read: Please DO NOT use the recommend feature to recommend books to me. I have got..."

Haha. It is ironic, isn't it? I think you definitely understand the feeling if you've been deleting a ton of them.

Amanda Leanne I was going through and deleting the ton of book recommendations when I saw your message "Rebecca Renner wanted to read: Please DO NOT use the recommend feature to recommend books to me. I have gotten so many messages about this, that if you do this, I will unfriend you. Thank you for understanding." next to a big button telling me to reccommend you a book. After a stressful morning, I couldn't help but laugh at the irony and figured I would share it with you, since you were the source. Best wishes and take care.

message 7: by Roze

Roze Wallin Thank you for adding me, Rebecca! Happy to meet and connect with you.


message 6: by Eric

Eric Jackson It was tough to read about how much you have gone through in your life. I am happy that you've stayed focused on your goals.

Martha Perez Hi Rebecca! Happy to be connecting :)
Best Wishes

message 4: by Kira

Kira Hawke Hey there Rebecca! Thanks for the friend request - I recognize you from Twitter and it's nice crossing paths again ;)

Brigitte Thank you for the friendvite Rebecca. Have a great day :)

message 2: by Kurt

Kurt Chambers Thanks for the friends add, Rebecca :)

message 1: by Rick

Rick Schroeder Hi Rebecca,

Thanks for the friend request. Pleased to accept and am now following you here as well.


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