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In case you missed it: How Stephen King teaches writing

A terrific interview at The Atlantic. Thanks Mr. King for speaking out against adverbs and lazy writing. My favorite line:¬†¬†Reading good fiction is like making the jump from masturbation to sex.   Keep writing, keep dreaming, have heart

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Saved by Stories

Just after my seventh Christmas our family moved into a bigger house. By then my youngest brother Colin had been born on Halloween and the eight of us had outgrown our modest three-bedroom. The move happened over the holiday break, amid the bitter cold, my father and uncles still young men hauling sagging, stained mattresses, […]

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