Monthly Archives: September 2012

Banned Books Week

Political, controversial, rebellious; there are some great books here.

Banned Books Week celebrates 30 years of defiant reading
http://www.teleread.com/banned-books-week/banned-books-week-celebrates-30-years-of-defiant-reading/

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Could sci-fi bring back epistolary novels?

I just like the word ‘epistolary’.

Could science fiction bring back the epistolary novel?
http://io9.com/5945685/could-science-fiction-bring-back-the-epistolary-novel

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Books bloggers are harming literature?

FTA: “Literary criticism, said Stothard, needs ‘to identify the good and the lasting, and to explain why it’s good.'”

Books bloggers are harming literature, warns Booker prize head judge
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/25/books-bloggers-literature-booker-prize-stothard

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Chekhov’s gun

Watch out for it. It’s dangerous.

What’s this business about “Chekhov’s gun”?
http://writermag.com/Columns/Ask%20The%20Writer/2012/06/Whats%20this%20business%20about%20Chekhovs%20gun.aspx

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The Vision of Sin (lettersofnote.com)

Truth is important in poetry. One Victorian to another, urged to get his facts rights.

The Vision of Sin
http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/09/the-vision-of-sin.html

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Your brain loves Jane Austen

Close reading activates different parts of the brain from reading for pleasure, according to this brain scan study…

Your brain loves Jane Austen
http://www.salon.com/2012/09/19/your_brain_loves_jane_austen/

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“Freewriting” for creative purposes

20 minutes sounds like a lot – I’d start smaller, at five or ten.

From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Freewriting
http://www.writingforward.com/writing_exercises/creative-writing-exercises/from-101-creative-writing-exercises-freewriting

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Hallam & Tennyson

A little Tennyson background ‘on this day’.

Hallam & Tennyson
http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Daybook/Hallam-amp-Tennyson/ba-p/8841

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17 Famous Literary Characters Almost Named Something Else

Sherlock what? Hermione who? Not all authors are as invested in naming their characters as Dickens, say, but the sound and sense connotations matter.

17 Famous Literary Characters Almost Named Something Else
http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/132868

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Plot vs Character

“The seven basic plots” and some useful roots in character discussed readably here.

Plot vs. Character: Fiction Writing
http://www.writingforward.com/creative-writing/plot-vs-character-fiction-writing

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