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The ins-and-outs of good writing: how great novelists tackle a sex scene

inews.co.uk – Thursday September 29, 2016

About three years ago, The New York Times asked a group of novelists to give their views on whether it was possible to write convincingly about sex. By far the most thoughtful contribution was from Edmund White, who has written powerfully about gay sex in several of his books. He began: “Sex is our most intense form of communication in a language no one can decipher or interpret.”

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5 Writing Tips From Creative Powerhouse Tavi Gevinson

bustle.com – Saturday September 24, 2016

Writers talking about writing is usually a 50/50 deal. Either their words are powerful and shed new light on an act we thought was so simple, or else it's so sterile and heartless that you're reminded how terrible learning how to write can be. The good news is when it's good it's great and probably better beyond that. Some writers have inspired generations with their words of wisdom and vulnerable introspections about their writing journey. One such person — who is presumably far from the end of her journey — is Tavi Gevinson.

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10 People (Besides The Author) Who Bring A Book Into the World

bustle.com – Wednesday September 21, 2016

It wasn't until I began working in publishing that I realized what a huge and complex industry it is. I think most people have an idea that book publishing consists mainly of a writer and an editor, duking it out over comma-placement in a battle of the wits. In reality, there's much more to the process, and many people are involved in the publication of a book.

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The Long and Winding Road to Finding a Literary Agent

huffingtonpost.com – Tuesday September 20, 2016

This summer, one of my writing dreams came true — I signed with a literary agent!

I’ve been writing my entire adult life, so this wasn’t my first attempt at attracting representation, but this time, I succeeded. I thought I’d share some reflections on the process that might help other aspiring writers out there. How do you know when you’re really ready to pursue and work with an agent?

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13 Writing Tips From J.K. Rowling, Because She Knows A Thing Or Two About Perseverance

bustle.com – Saturday September 17, 2016

If you're an aspiring writer, then you know how hard it can be to stay focused, motivated, and inspired while trying to finish a book and get it published. Whether it be writer's block or rejection letters, you're bound to hit a wall at some point during the incredible yet painful process of creating, but whenever you find yourself ready to thrown your manuscript out the window, turn to these writing tips from J.K. Rowling. After all, she knows a thing or two about writing a fantastical, bestselling series.

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Tracy Chevalier: ‘Writing is a magic trick that still surprises me when I perform it’

theguardian.com – Saturday September 17, 2016

Part of me wishes it were easy to describe my typical writing day. I have heard about them, those smug productive hours when a writer – usually male, it has to be said – sits down each day at 9am with an espresso, writes till 1, makes bouillabaisse, writes from 2 till 5, plays tennis, and after supper sits with a glass of single malt whisky reading over what he’s written that day. That is a scenario I both crave and detest. It will never be that controlled and disciplined for me.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Writing Before Becoming A Writer

huffingtonpost.com – Friday September 16, 2016

Writing is difficult. If I could encapsulate writing I would say that it’s the equivalent of stepping up to the plate and either hitting a 600 foot home run or taking the most embarrassing swing only to find you didn’t come anywhere near the ball.

Some days I sit down and it seems like words I didn’t know I had just keep flowing out of my fingertips, and other days it feels like my brain can’t properly communicate with my hands to tell them what the hell to write.

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11 Writing Tips From Joan Didion, Because She Knows A Thing Or Two About It

bustle.com – Thursday September 15, 2016

Award-winning writer, sharp critic, and insightful memoirist — is there anything the author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem can't do? Probably not, which is why you can take writing advice from Joan Didion to heart. After five decades of real-world practice, could you think of anyone better to advise you? I didn't think so.

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Ian McMillan: Why the key to good writing is avoiding the Truth

yorkshirepost.co.uk – Sunday September 11, 2016

In my writing, I try to avoid the truth. No, that’s not quite right. What I mean is that in my writing I try to avoid Truth, and that’s slightly different. As well as avoiding Truth I do my best to steer clear of Fear, Hate, Desire and Love. The clue, of course, is in the capital letters: I’m talking about abstract nouns here. The great poet Ezra Pound said “Go in fear of abstractions” and he was right.

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A creative writing lesson from the ‘God of Story’

theguardian.com – Saturday September 10, 2016

Robert McKee has taught creative writing for 30 years. His seminars have attracted more than 60 Oscar winners, but are treated with suspicion by many novelists – including Tim Lott. Can he be won over?

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