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writing classes and focusing more intently on her craft. After garnering more experience with poetry and full length short stories, she began encountering challenges: “A lot of what I wrote in middle and high school was very esoteric and convoluted—like, to the point of not being understandable. I had to figure out that simplicity is the power of a story. I try to keep that in mind when I write now. Because I think that’s the real magic—tapping into the raw thing of an idea and seeing where it takes you.” In her current work, Claire emphasizes realism and psychologically authentic characters. She prefers exploration to exposition: “zeroing in on one person or situation or set of circumstances and trying to figure out as much as I can about that particular place or person.” Among her favorite authors she lists Raymond Carver and Flannery O’Connor—O’Connor for her ability to infuse stories with nuanced religious themes and Carver because his stories, “ring with a strange kind of poignancy you can’t quite put your finger on.” Claire plans to go to graduate school and pursue a degree in literature or linguistics, “or really anything having to do with writing.” But here, in this moment, she stops to laugh. A chorus of frogs has just interrupted her midsentence. I doubt anyone else would have noticed.

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Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

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