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David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants–Predicting a Bestseller

Researchers created a computer program to study stylistic similarities between books, to see if stylistic similarities can be used as predictors of success. Read what David Farland said about their findings.

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Bill Flanagan of the grammar police on “I and me”

Time now for a public service announcement from first-person-singular-pronoun policeman Bill Flanagan of VH1: I know it sounds snobby to point this out, but in the last 10 or 15 years, millions of intelligent English-speaking people have become flummoxed by … Continue reading

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Must read article on character development

Secrets and Contradictions By DAVID CORBETT  on nytimes.com I know a compelling character when I encounter her on the page. Her simplicity betrays an enigmatic complexity, and her known qualities suggest unknown ones. She possesses the one thing I want … Continue reading

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Writers Bootcamp in Van Nuys this Saturday, Feb 8th

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join a Lowenkopf-Lopopolo boot camp at Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys this Saturday, Feb 8th, 10 to 5:30 pm, (includes lunch) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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The New York Times Book Review “E. L. Doctorow: By the Book”

The author of “Andrew’s Brain” and “Ragtime” sometimes puts down a book because he can see where the story’s going. “As you practice your craft, you lose your innocence as a reader.” Read More

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David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants–Predicting a Bestseller

Very often, authors will send me links to news articles on writing, and I have to admit: I’m a sucker for such articles, but I rarely comment on them. My old friend Dave Doering sent one today, where researchers created … Continue reading

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Fiction Writer Who Insists on Cadence in her Writing

Shelly Lowenkopf advises:  Poetry is an important force in narrative.  Writers of fiction are well advised to read poetry for cadence, concision, and the power poetry has to draw readers in.  But you need to remember another important dynamic in … Continue reading

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10 Words to Cut From Your Writing

I love that Mark Twain and I agree.   Check this out: http://m.entrepreneur.com/article/229369

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3rd Annual Ventura County Writers’ Weekend 3rd Annual Ventura County Writers’ Weekend November 2 & 3 in Camarillo, CA

An Intensive Weekend Conference to GET YOU PUBLISHED Advanced registration closes at midnight October 31st On-site prices will increase an average of 20% 12:30 to 1 PM  Q and A Learn from two former Executive Editors who work daily with writers … Continue reading

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Join Toni at the Digital Author and Self-Publishing Conference Oct 12-13 at Los Angeles Valley College

Toni will review 10 writers first chapters atThe Annual Digital Author and Self-Publishing Conference Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13, 2013 Los Angeles Valley College Click here to get a special price by entering Lopopolo in the Writer Club or Student … Continue reading

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