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If you’re gonna make a speech in your novel, you should just make a speech!

John Scalzi recently linked to his review of Atlas Shrugged, which made me think of my own post about the book (which is, incidentally, my favorite novel). And that made me remember my major criticism of the book, which is that the final third of the book is pretty superfluous. I don’t know if you’ve […]

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I am rereading an old favorite, and it’s just as much of a page-turner as I remember it being

After my post about how no book could possibly interest me, I realized the solution was to reread a book that had already interested me. This is a big step for me. I normally don’t reread books. It’s just a matter of time. There are too many books in the world and not enough time […]

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Eight writing manuals that are not an absolute waste of time

Most writing books are a terrible waste of time, because they give you pretty basic Creative Writing 101 type advice about point of view, tense, plot structure, etc. and then combines it with a few workshop platitudes like “show, don’t tell”; “start strong”; “characters have to change during the story”, and then wrap it up […]

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The insanity of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables

My grandma doesn’t have wifi, but I thought that upon returning to New Delhi I would be reunited with my love. However, I soon discovered that the internet in my parents’ apartment is down. The four of us are reduced to using a 3g internet dongle to put cellphone internet into our computers. Truly a […]

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I just wrote a 71,000 word novel in 8 days. And you know what? It’s pretty good.

This entry is almost certainly going to be a little long and hard to follow. It will probably contain a fair number of dropped words and typos, too. It’s 2 AM on Wednesday morning, and I just finished about half an hour ago. I know that I’m not going to be able to sleep for […]

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The Cossacks

The Cossacks Have you ever noticed that every major writer has some kind of essay collection detailing their musings on life and art? I had not noticed that until I read this bomb review of Orhan Pamuk’s collection. I have read and enjoyed many of these collections. The one I enjoyed most was Tolstoy’s What […]

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Wrap-Up Season: Surprisingly Good Books, Part Two

Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac – I had to read On The Road for a class in college. It was okay, you know, nothing special. A friend recommended Dharma Bums to me, it was really good. Usually when Americans do Eastern religion, it highly annoys me. But Jack Keroauc’s Buddhism is so simple, so silly, […]

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