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Benedict Cumberbatch reads a letter from Kurt Vonnegut

This video is amazing. So’s the letter. In 1973 they burned 75 copies of Slaughter House Five.  

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What Writers Can Learn From Watching “Fargo”

Alan Sepinwall reviews a screening of FX’s Fargo: “…the level of suspense that Noah Hawley‘s script and Matt Shakman’s direction create is almost unbearable, and that tension was palpable and powerful throughout the screening…. “…That there isn’t any violence in … Continue reading

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How to Stop Saying the Word “Like”

Every language has its own vocabulary of vocalized pauses, which are meaningless words used to keep the conversation flowing smoothly.[1] In English, these are usually “um,” “er,” “ah,” or “you know.” In North America, especially among young people, it’s common … Continue reading

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No Winner For Pulitzer Prize For Fiction in 2012

In 2012 nobody was good enough. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious awards in American literature. Previous fiction winners have included Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Jennifer Egan and Philip Roth. Publishers submit works according to … Continue reading

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Weird Writing From Published Authors

On The One Hand … ‘”There is one datum I can adduce, I believe,’ said Lebret, scratching his beard with his left hand and manoeuvring a cigarette out of its case with his left …” (Adam Roberts, Twenty Trillion Leagues … Continue reading

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Thinking of writing your novel in omniscient point of view)? Forget it.

If you’re thinking of writing your novel in omniscient POV (point of view), forget it. Writers who use omniscient POV don’t challenge themselves to write in a more intimate style, which takes more work and thought. In first person or … Continue reading

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The Burden of Your Novel’s Opening Scene by C. S. Lakin

Think of your novel as a gold mine, with a mother lode resting deep in the heart of a mountain. In order to get to that treasure, you have to build a sturdy framework as you dig into all that … Continue reading

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