L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

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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Stop feeling guilty. Start being useful. By Sigal Samuel We’re all struggling, to some degree, to adjust to life during the novel coronavirus pandemic. But some are struggling far more than others. People who have contracted Covid-19, who have lost loved ones to the disease, who are working on the front lines to keep others …

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Column by Ed Sikov When I first thought about writing a column on the many unpleasant aspects of being a writer, the first idea that came to mind was a grim catalog – a taxonomy of despair that would cover such demeaning and soul crushing things as, say, the lack of an adult income. Folks …

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By Jim Milliot Authors who were wary of releasing new titles into a market wracked by the temporary closure of retail stores appear to have had a point. Overall, only six new titles were among BookScan’s top 50 print adult fiction bestsellers in the week ended March 28. The top selling new novel in the …

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