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You don’t get to skip to happily ever after

“I understand small moments of joy on a page, like a slave receiving a Christmas present, because I can place those stories into a broad landscape and see them as the exception, not the norm. I knew what it would be like to be black today because I learned what it was like to be […]

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“A novelist is someone who takes you on a journey.”

I saw this quote from iAuthor on Twitter today. “A novelist is someone who takes you on a journey. Through space. Through time” — Susan Sontag (http://www.iauthor.uk.com ) It reminds me of an earlier post of mine inspired by the famed Ray Bradbury at a book signing I attended in 2009. Someone had asked him what […]

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Writers, go for a walk

“Just take a hike in the woods or a walk in the park. No prescription necessary.” Good advice for anyone. Important for writers. Jason Mark’s book review from The New York Times: “That’s the proposition of Florence Williams’s fascinating The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. We suffer from an […]

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Good dialogue can do many things

I’m reading Norman Mailer‘s Tough Guys Don’t Dance. About 25% of the way in, and I’m finding it a very slow read. My go-to book has always been a thriller, a mystery, a detective story. Action, something needing resolution. And dialogue. Mailer’s novel is light on dialogue. Pages and pages of first-person POV. The protagonist […]

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An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story

Writer Stephen King says, “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” He says further: “Because it’s not just the reader’s way in, it’s the writer’s way in also, and you’ve got to find a doorway that fits us […]

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