L.A. Kennedy

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Whether discussing movies or books, most agents and editors are eager to find projects that are high concept. In this post, learn how to develop high-concept book ideas to find more success with your writing. Robert Lee Brewer Whether discussing movies or books, most agents and editors are eager to find projects that are high …

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A fifth of readers report characters from novels cropping up in their daily lives, hearing their voices even after putting books aside. Richard Lea It’s a cliche to claim that a novel can change your life, but a recent study suggests almost a fifth of readers report that fiction seeps into their daily existence. Researchers …

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Clare Barnett I can feel one coming on. My thoughts fog. My mood darkens. I ducked reality for a few nights and now it’s caught up with me again. I can’t deny it—I’m nursing a book hangover. A “book hangover” is the slangy shortcut for the feeling when a reader finishes a book—usually fiction—and they …

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Jeff Somers Stuck trying to find a way to begin your next story? Try gleaning inspiration from these 10 famous novels that break the usual rules of writing in their first lines. According to literary science(1), completing a novel lands somewhere between climbing Mount Everest and extinguishing the sun in terms of difficulty. Note the …

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Nicole Hill You’re reading this article because you love books. I’m writing it for the same reason. But how much do you know about the books themselves? Why are they shaped the way they are? Why are there so many different book formats? How can you fit all of these different sizes of books on …

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Why Stanislaw Lem’s futurism deserves attention. By Lee Billings I remember well the first time my certainty of a bright future evaporated, when my confidence in the panacea of technological progress was shaken. It was in 2007, on a warm September evening in San Francisco, where I was relaxing in a cheap motel room after …

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By Elisha Cooper Where do book ideas come from? That first spark, that moment of conception? If I believed in God, I’d say that book ideas come from Her. Since I don’t, I wonder if they come from an accidental accumulation of living: riding the subway, reading a book, drinking coffee, remembering a moment. Then, …

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Hillel Italie NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson has a history of helping independent bookstores. The best-selling novelist has donated millions in recent years to booksellers, while also giving millions to schools and libraries and literacy programs. Now, with stores closed or closing nationwide because of the coronavirus outbreak, Patterson has launched a new initiative. …

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Be honest, how many books on that shelf have you actually read cover to cover? BBC News Tom Gerken Does this sight look familiar to you? Photo from Getty Images. Do you have a habit of picking up books that you never quite get around to reading? If this sounds like you, you might be …

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“Luckily for art, life is difficult, hard to understand, useless, and mysterious.” By Maria Popova “As a person she is tolerant and easygoing, as a user of words, merciless,” the editors of The Paris Review wrote in the introduction to their 1992 interview with poet, short story writer, educator, and activist Grace Paley (December 11, …

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