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3 Book Recommendations: Illuminating Women’s Lives

Though a carefully plotted romance, thriller, or mystery can accurately capture women’s lives, the more difficult to define genre of literary fiction is often where meaning is sussed out from the everyday. Day-to-day life and fantastical journeys are not in competition — one is not necessarily “better” than the other — but it depends on […]

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You Complete Me Internet

Dispatches From Ladyblogland: Entertainment Edition

Greetings, one and all. Shall we take a stroll through a few internet neighborhoods and see what’s been happening in Ladyblogland? This week’s feminist dispatches center around our entertainment.

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Writing

Sunday Writing: Simple Plotting for Smart Writers!

In the excellent movie The Last Days of Disco, Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny play book editors at a New York publishing house. In one scene, they read over a formula for a best-seller, which has something to do with creating a really appealing character, putting him or her through hell, and having the person triumph […]

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Writing

Sunday Writing: Who Are You People, Anyway?

Last week in preparation for National Novel Writing Month, we attempted to write a very short synopsis of our story idea. However, some of us get ideas for characters before we know what’s going to happen to them. And that’s a great place to start! So let’s get to know the people in your story.

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Writing

That’s What He Said: How To Write Dialogue!

Whether you’re writing the Next Great Novel or, arguably more important to its readers, the Next Great AU Crossover Fanfic, your characters probably have revealing, hilarious, and/or heartbreaking conversations with each other. I’m going to go over some ways to make those discussions more polished, so your pure genius shines through!

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Books

Book Review: The Marbled Swarm by Dennis Cooper

The Marbled Swarm is one of those books where I thought, “What the hell am I reading? Maybe if I keep going, I’ll figure it out.” Luckily, it’s a short book, so I didn’t have to submerge myself in WTF-ness for too long. If you combined Lolita and Eyes Wide Shut, and then added cannibalism […]

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Writing

Why You Should Say ScRuYu to NaNoWriMo and Just Write

So you want to write a book. Perhaps you’ve been scribbling nonsense since your teacher gave you leave to copy giant, cursive letters onto circles of paper. Perhaps you write fanfic and are a big hit with Supernatural slash lovers. Perhaps you read the Twilight saga and said to yourself: Hell, I can do better […]

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Writing

What a Novel Idea

A few days ago, I had a wisp of an idea take root in my mind. A little snippet of a character and a world that just flitted into my brain. “This would make a great novel,” I thought. And maybe it would. I just don’t think I’m the one who should write it.