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First and perhaps most important, the only thing cooler than Pixar’s rules of writing is Pixar’s rules of writing illustrated by Legos!

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An interview with Ned Beauman, who is automatically awesome for naming a protagonist Egon.

Did you feel under pressure to write a follow-up just as good as Boxer, Beetle?
Boxer, Beetle got a lot of praise and a little bit of criticism. But what seems to stick in my mind is praise from the wrong people. Obviously this is incredibly elitist and snobbish, but then that’s my prerogative as a novelist. The people who wrote four-star Amazon reviews were almost more annoying than the one- or two-star reviews, because of the way they looked at the book…

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In search of the next EL James, publishers are apparently paying closer attention to self-published work.

Following the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, which started out as an ebook series posted on a fan site by author EL James and has become the world’s fastest-selling book, publishers are starting to move in on the profits generated by the thriving online platforms that serve unpublished writers.

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I’d imagine you don’t have to be the next EL James to find this post on writing erotic fiction helpful. If nothing else, it might help us keep any kind of fiction off of the Henry Miller Bad Sex list.

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According to Arcadia author Lauren Groff, the future is bleak.

. . . So, I have a very dark idea about why this is. I think writers may be the canaries in the coal mine. I think literature is just getting darker in general. The books that are out now are [getting] darker, and darker, and darker. And I’m just afraid that it’s a way to prepare —
For The Road?

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No Story Is Original, But That’s Okay

It’s partly down to the shared human experience of being alive. No matter how individual we think we are, we actually tend to live very similar lives and have very similar experiences: the food we eat, the gadgets we use, the TV we watch. So we write what we know, which is often the same as what someone else knows.

Well, now I’m depressed.

If that sounds a bit depressing it shouldn’t.

Mind your business, Mr. Smedley.

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When a “newbie” asks The Paris Review for recommendations of places to submit work:

We get asked this a lot. It’s a reasonable question, but it always makes our hearts sink…

Whatever its defenders say, the M.F.A. system has created a surplus of would-be writers and a deficit of habitual readers—and I’m afraid it shows in the work submitted to us here at the Review. This trend is easy to reverse, at least in your own life. Join the writing community for real: become a reader.

THANK you. I was starting to get self-conscious about being the only aspiring writer I know actually sitting around reading these journals, both online and on paper.

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I haven’t played it yet, but I definitely plan on checking out the Jane Austen Facebook game! Who says I’m not a gamer?

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Here are a couple of LitReactor (LOVE) articles I’ll be reading this week:

Acting on the Fictional Stage: the Dramatic Method in Fiction

Stories: Should They Be Unique, Good, or Can They Be Both?

I’m hoping the correct answer is both?

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Will also be reading this interview with Colson Whitehead and
– duh – more on the allure of fairy tales.