Here’s the thing about book concepts: originality is (somewhat) overrated. There have been millions of books written in the course of human history. Before there were books there were plays, and before the were plays there were stories told around the campfire, and before there were stories around the campfire there were aliens who implanted […]
Lots and lots of links this week, so let’s get this started, shall we? First off, I’m as surprised as you are that my bracket wasn’t completely busted by 3 PM yesterday, which probably means that I’ll be dead in the water by the end of the day. There’s currently a nine-way tie atop the […]
You often hear writing advice that stipulates that you need conflict everywhere in a book. Writing gurus say you need it on every page, from start to finish, in every scene, nay, in every passage of dialogue, nay, in every word, nay, in every letter. Pshaw, says I. Pshaw. Sometimes a character just needs to […]
From time to time I like to hear what everyone is reading. How about it? Any good recommendations? When I’m not reading manuscripts, I’m reading Ian McEwan’s ENDURING LOVE, which, of course, is amazing.
This just in: I am not a seer. No, really. Long story short, some anonymous hecklers and some apparently published authors submitted their first pages in the contest, and since they were not chosen as finalists, they feel that this means that either a) I’m an idiot, b) the publishing process is broken, and/or c) […]
As the self-appointed Chairman of the “Can’t We Just Give Ian McEwan the Nobel Prize Already??” Committee, I’ve blogged often about my esteem for McEwan, which borders on the fanatical and which I have so consistently expressed that I have a blog tag for all things Ian McEwan. (I’m expecting the restraining order at any […]