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Ten Novels Every Aspiring Writer Should Read

TYEE LIST #9: Put down that pen and curl up with these giants. Treat your craft seriously, as does Gabriel García Márquez. Some time ago I published an article about 10 novels that aspiring writers should avoid. It wasn't because they were bad -- most of them are modern classics -- but because their readable styles looked so easy that they might seduce a young writer into imitating them. Other novels deserve reading by writers precisely because they can't be imitated. Here are 10 novels that taught me something about the craft and art of fiction. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1984, by George Orwell (1949). 9. 10. Again, I'm not suggesting imitating these novels. Related:  Books, authors

Fashion First we fell in love with the city-ready look of Skora, a new “natural” sneaker brand from Portland, Oregon. Then we fell in love with the shoe itself. Since we received a pair, it is pretty much all we’ve been wearing around town, on the beach or running, to the gym, to work, to yoga. They are super comfortable and light, and they make us feel like we’re floating or walking on clouds. They feel totally natural, almost like being barefoot, only better! And that is just what the designers intended. Skora was founded by David Sypiewski, a well-funded entrepreneur and formerly injured runner. Skora’s first two models are based on a last that is shaped like the natural arch, and they have no height drop from heel to toe. Karen Dionne: What Literary Agents are Reading When literary agents aren't talking on the phone, writing contacts, making pitches, striking deals, handling clients and generally doing what literary agents do, they're reading. Hundreds of query letters every week. Sample pages. Full manuscripts. Books may not be the window into a person's soul, but an agent's personal reading list gives us a glimpse into their individual tastes and preferences. Weronika Janczuk - D4EO Literary Agency The Hour I First Believed by Wally LambLearning to Swim by Sara J. Jenny Bent - The Bent Agency Life by Keith RichardsWorth Dying For by Lee ChildSweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan BradleyThe Forgotten Garden by Kate MortonOlive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout Jason Allen Ashlock - Moveable Type Literary Group Lost and Found in Russia by Susan RichardsHow to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles YuWhat Technology Wants by Kevin KellyApp Savvy by Ken Yarmosh Jennifer DeChiara - The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

Shira Lipkin CALLIHOO Writing Helps--Feelings Table Character Feelings You can describe your character's feelings in more exact terms than just "happy" or "sad." Check these lists for the exact nuance to describe your character's intensity of feelings. SF Characters | SF Items | SF Descriptors | SF Places | SF EventsSF Jobs/Occupations | Random Emotions | Emotions List | Intensity of Feelings

6 Real People With Mind-Blowing Mutant Superpowers If the insane, explosive popularity if superhero movies is any indication, we are fascinated by people who are insanely better than us at any given thing. Probably because, in real life, we're all such a bunch of incompetent boobs that we've been enslaved by blue paint, flashing lights and crying French babies. But it turns out, superpowers are real. And not just the secret ones that everyone has, or even the ones everyone thinks they have -- this Cracked Classic is about a group of people that, in a sane world, would already have multi-colored leather jumpsuits, delightfully mismatched personality traits and a skyscraper shaped like whatever they decide to call themselves. We've all dreamed of having superpowers at some point (today), but the majority of us have to accept the sobering reality that preternatural abilities simply aren't possible. For instance ... #6. As with most superpower discoveries, Xiangang found his by acting like a braying jackass. So What's Going on Here? #5. #4.

An Espresso Glossary One of the most common types of questions I see in my inbox goes like this. "What is BAR?" or "What is a vibe pump?" Terminology exists in all things. Second, this will be online until the full Guide is published, so that people can easily reference some of the more (and less) common terms that they may be otherwise confused by. When the Glossary is published in its final form, there will be photos associated with many of the items; but for now, here it is, naked and fresh! The Espresso Glossary If you read our History Section (coming soon!) But this too, is changing. In the past few years, we've seen an explosion of new machines and technologies available to the home user. Before we launch full bore into the espresso machine section, I want to stress something very important - do not consider buying a quality espresso machine unless you have a quality grinder or plan to also purchase one. Espresso Machine Terminology Numbers 3 Way Solenoid: See Pressure Release System. Letter A Letter B

36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk 1: Establishing Your Authority Chuck teaches two principal methods for building a narrative voice your readers will believe in. Discover the Heart Method and the Head Method and how to employ each to greatest effect. 2: Developing a Theme At the core of Minimalism is focusing any piece of writing to support one or two major themes. 3: Using “On-The-Body” Physical Sensation Great writing must reach both the mind and the heart of your reader, but to effectively suspend reality in favor of the fictional world, you must communicate on a physical level, as well. 4: Submerging the “I” First-person narration, for all its immediacy and power, becomes a liability if your reader can't identify with your narrator. 5: Nuts and Bolts: Hiding a Gun Sometimes called "plants and payoffs" in the language of screenwriters, Hiding a Gun is an essential skill to the writer's arsenal that university writing courses almost never touch upon. 6: Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs 8: Nuts and Bolts: Using Choruses

Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade | Books Anybody remember how anxious and thrilled we were in those last months of the 20th century? When we weren't at war and we had a budget surplus and it looked like Al Gore would be president? The prospect of a 21st century filled with new technologies, new art and literature loomed large and bright. But now, as we look back at what was decidedly a shitty decade for an incredible variety of people in an equally incredible variety of ways (evictions/invasions/bombings/etc), it's surprisingly hard to be pessimistic about the books that assessed, satirized, dramatized and distracted us from the events of the past 10 years. Goethe said that the decline of a nation's literature is the precursor to that nation's fall, and with this look back at the books that defined the decade, we'd like to tell Goethe to suck it. To be clear: there were plenty of bad books over the course of the decade, as well.

Character - WHERE'S THE DRAMA? Knowledge is often cited as the conventional remedy for prejudice and fear, but in the case of dramatic, screen storytelling, it will only take you so far. An intellectual grasp of plot construction and character development will neither inspire nor sustain the depth of insight or courage required for the task of finding and effectvely exploring complex dramatic characters and character actions. Even when armed with the necessary jargon and possessed of an academic command of genre, structure and comparable methodologies one can do little to assuage whatever doubts and insecurities accompany the process of grappling with a character’s inner and outer problems and contradictions. Quite simply, knowledge very often only reinforces and legitimises the underlying anxieties that stand between us – the storytellers – and the story we are trying to find. totality of the problems and circumstances with which the character is struggling. In drama as in life, adversity builds character.

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