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How to Write an Action or Thriller Novel

I want to write an action novel with a slight of thriller essence. Can someone give me an idea for a start? This was a question request I got on Quora the other day, and the answer I started drafting really … Continue reading

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Good Characters: Who Are They?

Everyone who reads (or watches films) can remember characters that stuck with them: characters we loved, characters we were in love with, characters we wanted to be, characters who terrified us. But what makes them memorable? What makes them good? … Continue reading

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How Finishing a Novel Changed My Writing

I finished and submitted the draft of my first novel a few weeks ago. Since then, I’ve written several blog posts, about a dozen letters of various kinds, and my usual 20,000 words a week of paid freelance writing.  I’m … Continue reading

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What Does It Feel Like to Finish Your First Novel?

I have completed the first draft of my novel, revised that draft, and sent it to my editor. *screams into the Void* I asked my writing support group slash academic mentoring team slash friends I run amok at conferences with … Continue reading

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I Feel Like I Always Have to Be Productive. Why?

As a lawyer and later as an academic, I burned upwards of 3000 calories a day without ever leaving my desk.  The first thousand, as always, go to basic metabolic functions; the next 2000 go to thinking. Thinking is work.  I’m … Continue reading

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The Bank of Fucks: An Extended Economic Metaphor on Emotional Labor

Reading this week has been all about emotional labor for me, starting with this piece by Jess Zimmerman at The Toast and continuing with this huge MetaFilter thread (which I am still reading, over a thousand comments in).  In both conversations, … Continue reading

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Still Don’t Grasp the Social Model of Disability? Try DST!

Daylight Saving Time is quite possibly the best real-world example of how the social model of disability works that I have yet seen, as this past weekend has painfully reminded me. Like a lot of people, I spend a week … Continue reading

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