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Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children’s stories. They were better than that. They just were. Adult stories never made sense, and they were so slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets. Masonic, mythic secrets to adulthood. Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret...

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A Million Reasons for Rejections

There are a lot of different reasons why editors (or agents) decide to pass on a written work. Often, writers can glean from insights offered in personal rejections that address the specific reasons why the editor decided to pass on their submission. Providing personal rejections is time-consuming, however, and not all writers are receptive to...

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Dialogue Tags and Punctuation

One of the most common technical writing issues that appears in manuscripts is improper use of dialogue tags. This frequently coincides with incorrect punctuation for dialogue. Since most novels contain a significant amount of dialogue, this can represent hours of required editing to prepare a manuscript for publication. Learning how to properly present dialogue can...

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On The Grill: Dea Poirier talks about issues with the media, likable & unlikable characters, trauma, and the hardest part of writing her new book, Beneath the Ashes

Dea Poirier’s new book, Beneath the Ashes, is on sale today. You can read my review here. Sandra Ruttan: Your debut novel, Next Girl to Die, came out in May of this year. You’re about to have book 2 be released in a few weeks. Can you tell us about the best author moment you had when...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Take the Long Way Home by Brian Keene
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Take the Long Way Home by Brian Keene

Four work colleagues who carpool together from Baltimore to Shrewsbury are in an accident. One is killed instantly. Another has disappeared. Turns out, their friend isn’t the only one missing. Traffic accidents and driverless vehicles have plugged the Interstate. Nobody is moving. And all cell lines are down. Have there been mass alien abductions? Is...

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Raising Your Voice at Your Readers

People are familiar with the concept of tone of voice. Every story also has a tone, and the establishment and maintenance of a consistent tone in a work is important for its success. Imagine a happy-go-lucky kind of story that ends with the horrific and gory slaughter of all of the beloved characters with only...

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Flashback: In Conversation with Anthony Bidulka

Sandra: Let’s start on background. Where did you grow up? Anthony: I grew up on a farm. I’m a farm boy. About an hour outside of Saskatoon. Spent all my years there until I went to university in Saskatoon. For me, as I think for a lot of kids from rural areas, you move to...