Prompt idea by seattleitefashionista:

Write about someone who is waiting for his or her significant other to get out of jail.

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6JAIL, prompt, love prompt,

House of Leaves came in the mail today and I’m SO excited to read it. But I don’t think I’ll get to it until the end of August.

My coworker was telling me about it at work and I bought it instantly. Apparently it’s this crazy mixed media horror thriller love story where the format is totally different from a normal novel. It sounds so awesome.

Does anyone want to do a book club with me in September, and we can read it all together? If you do, buy the book here, and then we’ll reconvene at the end of August!

6house of leaves, mark z. danielewski, ywbookclub, book club,

Edit: Whoops this was supposed to publish next Friday, I don’t leave for another week!

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6good morning!,

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The 13 Most Common Errors on a Novel's First Page f


  • Over-explanation. This includes prologues. “Prologues are never needed. You can usually throw them in the garbage. They’re usually put on as a patch.”
  • Too much data. “You’re trying to seduce your reader, not burden them,” Friedman said.
  • Over-writing, or “trying too hard.” “We think the more description we add, the more vivid it will be; but we don’t want to be distracted from the story” we open the book for.
  • Beginning the novel with an interior monologue or reflection. Usually this is written as the thoughts of a character who is sitting alone, musing and thinking back on a story. Just start with the story.
  • Beginning the novel with a flashback. Friedman isn’t entirely anti-flashback, but the novel’s opening page is the wrong place for one.
  • Beginning a novel with the “waking up sequence” of a character waking, getting out of bed, putting on slippers, heading for the kitchen and coffee…a cliche
  • Related cliche: beginning the novel with an alarm clock or a ringing phone
  • Starting out with an “ordinary day’s routine” for the main character
  • Beginning with “crisis moments” that aren’t unique: “When the doctor said ‘malignant,’ my life changed forever…” or “The day my father left us I was seven years old…”
  • Don’t start with a dialogue that doesn’t have any context. Building characterization through dialogue is okay anywhere else but there.
  • Starting with backstory, or “going back, then going forward.”
  • Info dump. More formally called “exposition.”
  • Character dump, which is four or more characters on the first page.

This is like the Story Beginnings Bible.

(via writeworld)


James Patterson paid for a full-page ad in The New York Times criticizing Amazon, Scott Turow talked about the “nightmarish” future that Amazon will bring and Stephen King signed a petition decrying the Seattle online retailer.

They do this as if they are fighting for the little guy.

They aren’t.

The ‘1 percent’ mega best-selling authors side with giant publishing corporate entities because they make a lot of money from them. The rest of us don’t.


Frank Schaeffer, “The publishers, not Amazon, keep authors down

WOAH, HOLD THE PHONE. I had never even considered this before and it’s an amazing point. Amazon has been made out to be this big evil entity, but we should all remember that it’s Amazon vs. publishers, not Amazon vs. writers!

Wow, I just love reading perspectives like this that totally change my own.

"In 2011, Annette Taylor, a psychologist at the University of San Diego, similarly found that students performed equally well on a twenty-question multiple-choice comprehension test whether they had read a chapter on-screen or on paper. Given a second test one week later, the two groups’ performances were still indistinguishable. And it’s not just reading. Last year, Sigal Eden and Yoram Eshet-Alkalai found no difference in accuracy between students who edited a six-hundred-word paper on the screen and those who worked on paper. Those who edited on-screen did so faster, but their performance didn’t suffer."

Maria Konnikova, “Being A Better Online Reader

This article is what sparked my post the other day about how you experience reading. I think this piece is way too dichotomous; it’s not just “paper or screen”. There’s a difference between a traditional hard cover and a magazine with columns, just like there’s a difference between longs lines surrounded by ads on a desktop and an e-ink e-reader. I was really surprised with the statistics about the Kindle vs. pbook readers, and wonder if the study was given to older people. I have an e-ink Kindle, and the actual reading experience is absolutely no different to me than reading in a book (“jumping” to another passage and turning pages is a whole ‘nother story, but the positives—being able to look up definitions, changing the text size based on my eyes’ tiredness, easily being able to mark passages, instantly being able to acquire a book when someone recommends it—definitely balance out the negatives). 

"Virginia Woolf was a writer’s writer. For as many moments of artistic despair as there are, one also finds glimmers of hope, of faith in the process. In 1933, she wrote, “I must not let myself believe that I’m simply a ladylike prattler: […] No, I must say to myself, this is a mere wisp, a veil of water; and so create, hardly, fiercely, as I feel now more able to do than ever before.” In 1934, she spoke directly to those of us who would come after her: “A note, by way of advising other Virginias with other books that this is the way of the thing: up down up down – and Lord knows the truth.”"







Imagine you’re like in a party and somebody tells you “somebody died fast we need to go to the funeral” and you’re just like

what the fuck kind of scenario is that

a gatsby party




Mm pancakes…

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6also this is the best post i've seen all day, week, month, year?,



You know, sometimes I just want to pack it all in and move back to the Midwest, where I could live cheaply, eat cheaply, focus on things like writing where living would be easier, and then I remember that I can go to an amazing author signing here (tonight was Emma Straub and Edan Lepucki), with a friend I met on the Internet (via CoverSpy, another recent passion project of mine!) and has quickly turned into one of my favorite people, and meet an author who recognized me because we have been talking on Twitter about her book.

Also, Emma Straub recognized me from her reading at Word Jersey City last week or whenever, and listened as I babbled at her about how I’d read her book since then and all the things I loved about it.

Like, sometimes I get tired of NYC, and yet, sometimes, I remember exactly why I love it so much. My life is literally just being around books and being involved with the Bookternet and the people who make books so much fun, and, just, I really could not ask for more.


Wait… did I write this?

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6oh wait no i'm not from the midwest, but still,

"What better spokesman for the bloviating apostles of disruptive online education than a man who can say with a straight face: ‘I hope we are all ready to leave the phenomenal world and enter into the sublime?’"


when you see a map or a family tree at the front of a novel you know that shit is gonna get complicated

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The 2014 Man Booker Longlist Has Been Announced f

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