Required Reading: What I Learned About Writing Fiction From Reviewing Concerts

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Required Reading is Parklife DC’s essay series on music appreciation.

When I was just starting to write concert reviews, my editor advised me to find the story and tell it. That turned out to be great advice. A concert review should be more than just what happened. It should be unified, it should have a through-line. This is true for any narrative, fiction or non. In learning to tell the stories of concerts, I’ve become a better writer, not just of concert reviews, but of fiction.

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