Shared Thoughts on Writing Preferences and Practices

Gary Sanderson's letter to Robert Cormier 4 May 1999

Gary Sanderson's letter to Robert Cormier 4 May 1999

Gary was a 13 year old, seventh grade student, in the midst of reading Fade, when he typed this one-and-a-third page letter to Cormier. A strong reader, Gary related that he was able to envision the scenes, clearly liked some characters and characteristics, and strongly disliked others. He discussed thoughtfully some of the ethical and philosophical dilemmas that the book confronts.

Letter from Robert Cormier to Gary Sanderson 28 May 1999

Letter from Robert Cormier to Gary Sanderson 28 May 1999

Cormier’s one-page typed response to Gary shows that he appreciated Gary’s specificity in the complements extended to Cormier. Discussing some aspects of his writing process, Cormier said that he used similes and metaphor to capture the feeling of a place, and, that he drew from and fictionalized characters and events from his own life to create scenes that exist in his books.

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Shared Thoughts on Writing Preferences and Practices