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Links 1 through 10 of 57 by Chris Turner tagged writing

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I need to read this EVERY DAY.

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Conflict moves the story forward, keeps the reader's interest.

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Good advice from Christopher Rice.

Still hard to believe I gave him a test drive in a new Saturn when he was 15.

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I've got three different kinds of notebooks I try to take around, though I don't always have one with me. I have a small hardcover Moleskine (black), several Field Notes (Noteses?), and even a couple styled as mini composition books.

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"It has never been serviced or cleaned other than blowing out the dust with a service station hose. ... I have typed on this typewriter every book I have written including three not published. Including all drafts and correspondence I would put this at about five million words over a period of 50 years."

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Though I disagree vehemently with Doctorow on a lot of political points, I have enjoyed most of his novels. And I've read all of them electronically.

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Lee Child is one of my favorite authors; I've read all thirteen of the Jack Reacher novels. I didn't know that Reacher was born out of Child's being laid off from a movie production company, however. Or if I did, I'd forgotten. Here is an inspiring piece by Child about that experience, offering hope for those worried about losing their job, or already have.

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Eric Van Lustbader on continuing the Jason Bourne book series started by his friend Bob Ludlum.

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"As you might imagine, I receive a lot of email from would-be authors who are trying to get published. Because I make my email address public, it’s pretty easy to get to me.

"However, by the time I hear from people, they are usually frustrated. They can’t get anyone in the book publishing world to respond, and they are convinced that they have a killer-idea. 'If only someone would just read my manuscript,' they plead.

"The problem is that most publishers will not review unsolicited proposals or manuscripts. I personally receive hundreds every year; our staff receives thousands. We simply don’t have the resources to review these. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.

"So as an author, what do you do? Here’s what I recommend:"

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