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Writing Is the Least Important Part of Your Book

Writers, put down those red pens, because I have bad news for you. We’ve all seen the lists of words to weed from your prose, phrases editors hate, little pet peeves that get on other writers’ nerves, and even those of a few readers. If you are a dutiful and Good™ writer, you went through… Continue reading Writing Is the Least Important Part of Your Book

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What Every Author Fears the Most

Let’s kick off October with something scary–every author’s worst nightmare.   It’s not that we’re afraid you won’t like what we like; disliking it is fine. What kills authors is if you don’t read our books at all. Think of a great recipe sampled only by one person, a sofa sat on by two or… Continue reading What Every Author Fears the Most

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The Point of Post-Apocalyptic: A Time for Thick Walls

Post-apocalyptic is all about one thing: if the world as we know it ceased to exist tomorrow, would I survive? Take away my cell phone and television, cars once the fuel runs out. Remove the airplanes from the sky and the shipments of exotic fruit from the grocery stores. Eliminate the grocery stores. Eliminate society… Continue reading The Point of Post-Apocalyptic: A Time for Thick Walls

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Gender Ratios in Novels: Check Your Biases

Recently I was reading a few studies about how even when women speak less than men, they are perceived to be noisier. In fact, in one study, conducted by Australian researcher Dale Spender, when women spoke only 15% of the time, they were perceived as having spoken an equal amount to men. And when they… Continue reading Gender Ratios in Novels: Check Your Biases