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ARE THESE THE WORST 12 OPENING LINES EVER?

1. “She strutted into my office wearing a dress that clung to her like Saran Wrap to a sloppily butchered pork knuckle, bone and sinew jutting and lurching asymmetrically beneath its folds, the tightness exaggerating the granularity of the suet … Continue reading

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THE BEST 43 OPENING LINES IN NOVEL WRITING HISTORY

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. A good cover may make us pick the book up and think about buying it. But it’s the first lines are crucial in helping us decide whether we are going … Continue reading

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15 GOOD REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN’T WRITE FOR A LIVING

Do you want to make a career out of writing? Here’s 15 damn good reasons to think again, straight from the trenches, from those who have been there before you. 1. Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. … Continue reading

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ARE YOU MAKING THESE SIMPLE GRAMMATICAL ERRORS? A QUIZ TO FIND OUT.

The Grammar Gestapo are out there! If you slip up they’ll be onto you faster than a bull shark on a whale carcass. Even as I write this, I keep asking myself … should I have put an ellipsis there? … Continue reading

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22 KINDA FUNNY, KINDA PAINFUL WRITING TIPS

Before we set out as writers we imagine a life marlin fishing off our boat in Havana, or knocking out a leisurely sentence or two while swapping bon mots with French existentialists or just appearing on Oprah week after week … Continue reading

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YOU CAN’T EVEN REALLY REGRET YOUR MISFORTUNES

This great clip is taken from an interview with the author of ‘The Color Purple,’ Alice Walker. Her story reminds us that even what may appear to be terrible misfortune might bring unexpected blessings. She also talks about the importance … Continue reading

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DO WE STICK WITH A GENRE OR WRITE WHAT WE FEEL?

Today, I’d like to post this piece from someone I greatly admire, Julia Robb. She’s a really good writer; she has that indefinable thing called ‘voice.’ But just let me say from the outset: I don’t agree with what Julia … Continue reading

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3 THINGS A RUSSIAN PRINCESS TAUGHT ME ABOUT WRITING

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Belgrade Book Fair. I have been to quite a few Book festivals in Australia and Asia; and of course I’ve heard about the book fairs in Frankfurt, London … Continue reading

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HOW TO GO VIRAL WITHOUT REALLY TRYING: UPDATE

Here’s the latest: Chet from Mamami went to some lengths to find me and write to me, and has now written to the Daily Mail in the UK and News Com in Australia about the theft. Good on her. And … Continue reading

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JUST HOW LUCKY ARE YOU REALLY?

Are you feeling lucky today? At the end of the post there’s a clip of some people who got very, very, very lucky. Astoundingly lucky. Don’t watch it if you have a heart condition. Sometimes though people make their own … Continue reading

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