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#WordUse Series:
You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.

I admit I’m sometimes out of the loop. (Or behind the curve. Or whatever.) I don’t watch television and it’s only me up here in the swanky second-floor office in the pink house with the blue door, so whole fads pass me by. Whole memes pass me by. But I am up on my word usage, kids. And Your […]

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Study This: At the Movies

I read recently that John Harrington, in his book Film And/Is Art, estimated that a third of all movies ever made have been adapted from novels; another writer claims that 51 percent of the top 2,000 films of the last 20 years were adaptations (from novels, short stories, or stage plays). And the most common […]

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Short Saturday: Fiction Lessons from Game of Thrones

Although they’re very different from novels, there’s still a lot a novelist can learn from movies and long-form television shows, as author Joanna Penn points out in this week’s featured article. And since I know a lot of y’all are fans of the television series created from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice […]

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You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.

I admit I’m sometimes out of the loop. (Or behind the curve. Or whatever.) I don’t watch television and it’s only me up here in the swanky second-floor office in the pink house with the blue door, so whole fads pass me by. Whole memes pass me by. But I am up on my word […]

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Short Saturday: Literature in the Vernacular

Quickly: can you name the literature from which these dozen phrases originate? Bah! Humbug! Old sport. Big Brother is watching you. The old ultra-violence. So it goes. Constant vigilance! All that glitters is not gold. Can’t live with them, or without them. Catch-22. Begin at the beginning. The horror! The horror! Ships that pass in […]

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My Brain Fart on Telling

I thought I’d written my post on telling. That is, I have, indeed, written my post on telling: this is it. (And here’s a related one.) But I had this little brain fart the other day—I learn so much from you guys!—and thought it might be worth sharing. I love movies.* I know you may […]

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Short Saturday: Lyrical Wordplay

I sometimes write marketing copy for publishers—copy for the book jacket or the back of the book, of course, but also 150 words for the wholesale catalogue, 50 words for a print ad, 25 words for a retail direct-mail blurb, 10 for a web banner. I often tell writers to create a synopsis—first a page […]

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I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am

As I write this it’s New Year’s Eve, the traditional night for dreams of good intentions … and I want to tell you about a book I read this fall: Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel (published 2009). It was, my friends, a fantastic read. Fantastic. Really. (Yes, it’s 600 pages. All of them fantastic.) I […]

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Movies for Writers

Writing’s hard work. Any creative endeavor is. So sometimes it’s good to step away from the computer and let your mind empty. I sit in front of a jigsaw puzzle. Some people I know play video games, while others go work out. (The latter would clearly be better than jigsaw puzzles but I’ve been using […]

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Short Saturday: An Irish Overview …
on Film

During my first visit to Ireland I heard a movie advertised on the radio and insisted the Irishman take me to see it. It was Goldfish Memory, set in Dublin, and I’m certain it was never screened in the United States. I loved it (and it had a fantastic soundtrack featuring Damien Rice). I think […]

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