Monthly Archives: February 2015

AUTHOR QUOTE: Lawrence Block

“Every book is a case unto itself, and every time we sit down to write one we take a plunge into uncharted waters. It is a hazardous business, this novel-writing dodge, and it doesn’t cease to be so after long … Continue reading

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Write Your Own Obituary

by Jean Foster Akin It might seem odd, writing your own obituary. Especially for you young’uns reading this. But writing your own obituary serves an interesting purpose: it allows you to imagine what you would like to accomplish in your … Continue reading

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AUTHOR QUOTE: Agatha Christie

“The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”   Agatha Christie, English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright  (b. September 15, 1890, d. January 12, 1976), creator of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot  🙂 … Continue reading

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There Once was This Awful Woman at a Party…

When I edit manuscripts, I have come across many a scene where characters are involved in situations and don’t respond to group dynamics as they would if they were real people living an actual life among us. But we read books to get lost … Continue reading

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AUTHOR QUOTE: J.R.R. Tolkien

I dislike allegory—the conscious and intentional allegory—yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language. J.R.R. Tolkien (who often said this to his friend, the very allegorical C.S. Lewis)

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An Elbow, A Cart Horse, A Drug Addiction: What Inspires You?

It’s fun finding out how famous works were first imagined. Sometimes stories are spurred on by some strange person or event experienced by (or read about by) the author, and the subsequent novel birthed seems reasonable to the reader when he’s … Continue reading

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AUTHOR QUOTE: P.G. Wodehouse

“Honoria, you see, is one of those robust, dynamic girls with the muscles of a welterweight and a laugh like a squadron of cavalry charging over a tin bridge. A beastly thing to face over the breakfast table…” ― P.G. … Continue reading

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