writerly

adjective
writ·​er·​ly | \ ˈrī-tər-lē How to pronounce writerly (audio) \

Definition of writerly

: of, relating to, or typical of a writer

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Her defiance may be a product of Western individualism (and so, some might argue, are her writerly aspirations and her empty bank account). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Delightful ‘The Farewell,’ starring Awkwafina, shows us a family divided," 18 July 2019 Three more are narrated by David Kepesh, a writerly academic who shares some of Mr. Roth’s preoccupations, women especially. New York Times, "Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85," 22 May 2018 Her defiance may be a product of Western individualism (and so, some might argue, are her writerly aspirations and her empty bank account). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Delightful ‘The Farewell,’ starring Awkwafina, shows us a family divided," 18 July 2019 Her defiance may be a product of Western individualism (and so, some might argue, are her writerly aspirations and her empty bank account). Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Lulu Wang's delightful 'The Farewell,' starring Awkwafina, shows us a family divided," 9 July 2019 And soon Elizabeth starts doing weird things with rocks, a touch of mysticism that just looks like writerly quirk run amok. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Big Little Lies season 2 is brilliantly acted and all over the place: EW review," 5 June 2019 Three more are narrated by David Kepesh, a writerly academic who shares some of Mr. Roth’s preoccupations, women especially. New York Times, "Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85," 22 May 2018 Three more are narrated by David Kepesh, a writerly academic who shares some of Mr. Roth’s preoccupations, women especially. New York Times, "Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85," 22 May 2018 Such writerly panache is the true saving grace of Mr Orange’s chronicle. The Economist, "Tommy Orange’s debut novel is a work of defiance and recovery," 5 July 2018

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1957, in the meaning defined above

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