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Careful What You Wish For

3) Coraline by Neil Gaiman From Goodreads.com Why this book? Did you ever wonder what Alice in Wonderland would have been like if it was written by Edgar Allan Poe? No? Well, in case you're curious... that's basically Coraline. The theme is a classic one: Be careful what you wish for. After all, unlike most… Continue reading Careful What You Wish For

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The Good News and Bad News About Reading Like a Professor

Not long ago, I came across a book entitled How to Read Literature Like a Professor. As someone who minored in English (and only didn't major because I was told again and again that I wouldn't be able to find a job otherwise), I can definitely see the allure of such an idea. What voracious… Continue reading The Good News and Bad News About Reading Like a Professor

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Perfection Doesn’t Exist (But That Doesn’t Mean Writers Won’t Try)

If you're a writer, chances are you've experienced one of these scenarios at least once: (1) The blank screen taunting you. The idea in your head is bursting to come to life, but there's just one problem.... How do you start the story? You type, then delete. That sounded cliche. Type again; delete again. That… Continue reading Perfection Doesn’t Exist (But That Doesn’t Mean Writers Won’t Try)

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Tell Me a Little About Yourself

"Okay... tell me a little about yourself." "Um... how am I supposed to do that?" "Hmm.... good question." How does a writer get to know their character? It's a bit like interviewing someone with amnesia. You have some context, but they know nothing about themselves, so you have to try and fill in the blanks… Continue reading Tell Me a Little About Yourself

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When Does Weird Work?

If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that the world is weird. We've faced impending doom in the form of murder hornets, carnivorous rats, thieving monkeys, and even UFOs. (I'm just now realizing how much strangeness has been animal-related....) Of course, that's just the bizarre news... I'm not even counting all of the other headlines… Continue reading When Does Weird Work?

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Let’s Say You’re Going on a Trip….

A question: You're going on a trip. (I know that's hard to imagine in 2020, but just do your best.) What do you do? (A) Check out every book from the library on your destination. Search the web for tips and reviews. Map out your exact route and come up with an itinerary of "must-dos."… Continue reading Let’s Say You’re Going on a Trip….