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One man’s readability is another man’s literary merit

January 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on One man’s readability is another man’s literary merit · Writing

We are rapidly closing in on 20 years since I set foot in a college classroom. Time has blurred most of my classes together. One of the rare ones that stands out to me is an upper-level English literature class I took the first semester of my junior year. I signed up for an ambitious […]

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Is your lead character the master of his domain?

November 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Is your lead character the master of his domain? · Baseball, Writing

Ever read a book, or even a short story, and hit a scene that just doesn’t quite work for you? Something’s just not right, but maybe you can’t put your finger on it. Or maybe you’re thinking, “you know, if the main character just masturbated in here somewhere this would be perfect.” Okay, me neither. […]

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Novel writing not nearly as painful as a marathon

September 20th, 2011 · Comments Off on Novel writing not nearly as painful as a marathon · Blog, Writing

Rah-rah writing coaches are fond of equating writing a novel to running a marathon. The two are alike in only the loosest metaphorical sense. Both require commitment and discipline, but one can be done from the comfort of an office chair and the other demands hundreds of hours of grueling training. This is where the […]

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