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Last summer, I took a lit course on postmodern fiction. It was a sampling of different postmodern authors from Pynchon and Burroughs to Foster-Wallace and Mark Leyner and, aside from being a … Read more
A little while ago, my (two) friends and I put on our mature pants, and had a dinner party to welcome another friend into a new apartment complete with wine and a … Read more
I, like many youngish people, use the text message feature on my cell phone in an excessive manner, which is indisputably annoying and potentially harmful, especially when trying to cut things or … Read more
This week marks a special and unique moment in my life plan. It is the last week before I start my last semester of the last time I will ever step into … Read more
Hello friends, I hope you–like me– found time over the holiday to reflect on the year that was and consume nearly twice your daily recommended caloric intake in Lindt chocolate truffles and … Read more
Friends, In order to best mentally, physically and socially emotionally prepare for a second year of sometimes helpful, semi-effective, consistently above-average blog entries, we three bloggers of WD are taking a holiday … Read more
On Listening to Music While Writing Or Why The Last of the Mohicans Soundtrack Plays an Integral Role in My Getting Work In By Deadline
I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that I have weird writing habits. I spend most of my writing time pacing around my room talking aloud to myseWlf, I’m … Read more
Dear Mr. Sam Tanenhaus, In my opinion, there are three things that every man should do before he dies: 1. Ride a jet ski 2. Write a harshly worded letter to an … Read more
Hello Friends. You know how–when you, um hypothetically, buy the DVD of The Notebook– there are all those special features and deleted scenes with Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling that you’re so … Read more
I am working on a deadline for Boston Magazine. The deadline is this Thursday. And, at the moment, that seems manageable. I am (mostly) done with the reporting, I have (partially) transcribed … Read more
In order to sell your novel, books recommend having a unique “voice”that separates you from the pack and wins you literary, commercial,and social-emotional praise. The fact that books also recommend thatyou be … Read more
As in gymnastics or morning visits to the bathroom, everyone has theirown routines for visiting the Internet 2.0. Before I can safely get to“work”, I scroll through a lengthy list of favorite … Read more
Reviews of Books I Was Forced To Read in High School, Part 2: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Brief Research Sidenote: In my long esteemed career of researching via the Web 2.0, I have come to love and look forward to the random factual tidbits provided for you by Wikipedia. … Read more
It is true that there are a lot of benefits to the writing life. There are the hours, of course, that come with a flexible schedule, not to mention the clothing choices. … Read more
Characters are, without question, the blood of life flowing through the veins of a novel. Without characters a novel would just be setting, and there would be more adverbs and long, flowery … Read more
TOW books–in celebration of the release of their first two books–has a series of embarrassing admissions by writers on their website. My terribly true, terribly embarrassing admission is up now. You can … Read more
As those of you who read the print column and a few, scattered previous entries on said blog may or may not be aware, I’m working on a novel to use as … Read more
Ummmm…. gross? http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,301254,00.html
Shameless Cross-Promotional Plug: My friend Sarah Walker’s book, Really You’ve Done Enough: A Parents’ Guide to Stop Parenting Their Adult Child Who Still Needs Their Money But Not Their Advice has been released … Read more
(In order to allow you, the reader, to play along at home and fully utilize the time-tested, mother-approved formula that make LCAQ’s so, so damn successful, I’m going to walk you through … Read more
Everybody knows that– much like the plot lines in the Wesley Snipes vehicle Passenger 57– a good novel needs to have conflict. My novel, for example, has so much conflict that my … Read more
I had an informal meeting the other day with a few of the editors at Boston Magazine to discuss stories for the Fall/Winter. I say informal because we didn’t schedule the meeting … Read more
By all accounts, Edith Wharton is not a sadist. Although she did marry a man twelve years her senior who happened to go insane and intentionally chose to spend most of her … Read more
Hello, friends. First of all, I’d like to offer a quick apology for the lack of communication via the blog lately. You see, we at WD have been doing some thinking and … Read more
Friends, up today on the Novel Journey website is a Q and A with yours truly. The link is here: http://noveljourney.blogspot.com/Try to avoid asking yourself the obvious question of why someone would … Read more