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J.R.R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children” “I do not believe that I have ever written a children’s book,” the great Maurice Sendak once said in an interview.

J.R.R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children”

“I don’t write for children,” he told Colbert. “I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’” This sentiment — the idea that designating certain types of literature as “children’s” is a choice entirely arbitrary and entirely made by adults — has since been eloquently echoed by Neil Gaiman, but isn’t, in fact, a new idea. On March 8, 1939, J.R.R. Tolkien (January 3, 1892–September 2, 1973), celebrated as one of the greatest fantasy writers in history, gave a lecture titled “Fairy Stories,” eventually adapted into an essay retitled “On Fairy-Stories” and included in the appendix to Tales from the Perilous Realm (public library). Brief Analysis of Alphahole Trope in Romantic Fiction. Warning: romantic fiction is complex and varied and the author will make sweeping generalizations out of sheer necessity.

Brief Analysis of Alphahole Trope in Romantic Fiction.

Character stereotypes are the staple of any fiction: the bitter disillusioned detective, the young rebel rallying against a repressive regime, the desperate mother trying to save her children, and so on. The stereotypes exist because real world is infinitely more complex than fiction and by distilling characters to a readily recognizable type, the author allows individual reader to fill in the blanks according to their own life experience. This article will seek to examine one such stereotype, a Byronic hero (from this point on referred to as Alphahole, because it’s trendy,) as an effective love interest type in romantic fiction, when presented as subset of damaged hero trope.

Definition of Terms HEA – Happily Ever After. HFN – Happily for Now. Average Romance Reader – average romancer reader, like unicorns, exists mostly in theory. Definition of Alphahole Corsair Wait… Smugglivus 2015 Guest Author: Sunil Patel - I Read a Bunch of Romance Novels and You Should Too. Welcome to Smugglivus 2015!

Smugglivus 2015 Guest Author: Sunil Patel - I Read a Bunch of Romance Novels and You Should Too

Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors and bloggers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2015, looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2016, and more. Who: Sunil Patel, a Bay Area fiction writer and playwright who has written about everything from ghostly cows to talking beer. He is the author of our very own The Merger. Trope Anatomy 101: Reader, I Didn’t Marry Him – I Kicked His Jerk Ass to the Curb. This month on Trope Anatomy 101, Carlie St.

Trope Anatomy 101: Reader, I Didn’t Marry Him – I Kicked His Jerk Ass to the Curb

George examines the Sexy Douchecanoe trope. Trope Anatomy 101 is a monthly column in which familiar tropes, particularly in speculative fiction and pop culture, are broken down and discussed by new regular contributor and author Carlie St. George. Publication Coach - Beating writer's block, writing faster, writing tips, better writing, editing, communications consulting. Reading time: Less than 1 minute Is it worth hiring a professional proofreader?

Publication Coach - Beating writer's block, writing faster, writing tips, better writing, editing, communications consulting

Here's my view, if your publication is going to be printed... I'm a big believer in the value of professional proofreaders. If you're reluctant to spend the money on one (currently somewhere between $35 and $50 per hour), let me tell you about the value they add. 31 Funny Tweets That Are Way, Way Too Real For Writers. Why Money Matters in Fantasy.

One evening, I fell asleep.

Why Money Matters in Fantasy

The next morning, I didn’t wake up. Well, that’s not quite true. Obviously, I woke up eventually. Just–not by natural means. I woke up with a syringe in my arm and four strangers looking down at me. The syringe was full of glucagon, and the strangers were EMTs. Now What? A Roadmap for Revising Your Novel. Manage multiple writing projects & keep your word count on track with this writers yearly goal system - Hillary DePiano. It’s no secret that I write A LOT, across a bunch of different genres, despite the fact that I have very little time for said writing and regular readers know that’s because I have a very involved writing system that involves setting a word count goal for the year, with mini goals for each month, to keep me on track.

Manage multiple writing projects & keep your word count on track with this writers yearly goal system - Hillary DePiano

Every year, my Wrimos ask to how they can keep the motivation and creative frenzy of NaNoWriMo going once November is over and if the kind of gamification and deadlines of NaNoWriMo works for you, this system takes that and expands to the entire rest of the year. The idea is to keep you focused on the goal of writing regularly and to make writing a habit it your life.

Write What You Know (Now) · An A List Apart Column. Sometimes the writing comes easily, and then there’s the last two months.

Write What You Know (Now) · An A List Apart Column

I really wondered if I had run out of things to say. I knew I wanted to write about how more web designers and developers need to write about their work. 9 Books That Will Make You a Better Writer Just By Reading Them. Writing is hard.

9 Books That Will Make You a Better Writer Just By Reading Them

It’s practically designed to pull up every possible insecurity and neurotic tendency from deep inside you every time you compose a sentence. Being a writer is basically like being Jane from "The Yellow Wallpaper," in which a formerly sane and well-adjusted lady goes completely bonkers when confined to a room with nothing but her journal, her thoughts, and some truly fugly wallpaper. The only difference? For writers, the room you're confined to is your mind, the eerie wallpaper is the manuscript pages that haunt you, and instead of creeping smoothly along the wall, you’re creeping through the Internets, just to avoid that anxiety-ridden WIP. Yes, writing is designed to scare the ever-loving hell out of everyone. See? So why do we push ourselves to the brink of insanity, poverty, and social mockery for it?

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