Classic Novels Had Inspiration, Too

One of the questions I always ask authors is what inspired them to write their novels. All stories come from something, whether its the seed of a character, a plot, a theme. I often wonder this same thing when reading the classics, with unfortunately no way to get that extra […]

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Writers and Their Fictions

After talking to some writer friends the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of books resembling an author’s life. Many people come up with stories because of things that happened to them or their friends and family, or build characters that […]

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The Sensitivity of Literary Editing

This week, the Recalcitrant Scrivener blogged about editing and revising a manuscript from both an editor’s and an author’s point of view: Editing is a sensitive issue—for writers, for editors, for everyone involved. Virtually all writers can benefit from working with a good editor. But note: the key terms here are “with” […]

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