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Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of August 1, 2021. Herman Melville (August 1, 1819): Moby Dick was neither a commercial nor critical success up on its early publication, and another well-known story of Melville’s &mda...
A friend recently introduced us to the phrase “Sunday scaries.” We apologize to those of you who, like her, suffer from them — but we had to share this particular post. It’s a roundup of William Shakespeare lines-office lingo...
Among the many events canceled last year because of COVID-19 was the weeklong festival celebrating author Ernest Hemingway. This year, though, organizers were able to host Hemingway Days — featuring (but not limited to) the fortieth Heming...
It’s easy to miss the occasional post or two online, so we’ve rounded up some of the highlights from our reader blog this week.   The Octavia E. Butler section  Adaptations of Parable of the Sower, What Belongs to You&...
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A paragraphing technique that bloggers and journalists make frequent use of can also benefit your fiction. That would be the single-sentence paragraph, the topic of a recent writing-style post from editor Louise Harnby. The caveat here is that while...
The distinction between dynamic and static characters is fairly straightforward — the former changes as the story progresses, while the latter doesn’t.  Writing a compelling dynamic character, one whose evolution furthers the plot an...
Posts on common mistakes writers make often focus on the early parts of their careers. But even once you’re past the steepest part of the learning curve, you’ll still face some challenges — and some of them can be ongoing. Yep, you...
Deliberate repetition of words can make a stylistic point. Accidental repetition, on the other hand, can become annoying to both the author and the reader. And sometimes, the words in question are difficult or impossible to simply replace by consulti...
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