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News from the DeadDarlings

What now? Here at the DeadDarlings office we headed into a new year under a new presidency. Writers know how to handle transitions. We notice the shifts taking place within our scenes or between our chapters and choose how to smooth out the journey for our readers by looking at what has to change and what stays the same from one state to the next. Last month we looked at all the things we want to keep doing in 2017.

February 17, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Zadie Smith's Swing Time

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

January 25, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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News from Dead Darlings

Here are the Dead Darlings’ offices we know writer's inspiration can come from nearly anywhere: news headlines, overheard conversations, or the characters in your life. This month, we got inspired not just with stories, but the craft lessons and novel fodder hidden in different media.

Books

Anna Williams takes a closer look at the hidden heroism in the Not-so-Brave Girls featured in the novels of her youth.  

January 20, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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A Sense of Place: Cleveland and Me

It’s an old adage to “write what you know,” especially in nonfiction. And some writers, such as Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones, suggest that we write about our obsessions. Personally, those obsessions and my sense of self merged with the industrial city that formed me: Cleveland, Ohio.

When I was a boy, my hometown was a source of both pride and shame

January 18, 2017 | Judah Leblang

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Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Kate Racculia's Bellweather Rhapsody

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

This month's edition features a sentence from Kate Racculia's novel Bellweather Rhapsody.

January 13, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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