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This month at The Dead Darlings office, we looked up, down and around for fresh ideas and inspiration.

Marvel

In Writing Awe, Julie Carrick Dalton explores the elements of evoking utter amazement in your reader. 

October 13, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice Interviews The Writing Life

Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Jessie Chaffee's Florence in Ecstasy

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 installment comes from Jessie Chaffee's novel Florence in Ecstasy.

September 29, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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News from DeadDarlings

We were busy greasing the wheels over the last month at the Dead Darlings, and it got it out of some sticky situations. No matter where you are stuck in your story, we've got some advice that might help.

Getting started

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne turn to comfort items and activities aka loveys when facing a bout of procrastination

September 8, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice Procrastinate Read

Just Do It--Get Your Stories Down on Paper, Now!

By Katrin Schumann

My friend Stephen had an incredibly interesting life. When he died at age 50, he left behind a small family and lots of burned bridges. One thing he didn’t leave behind—something so important that its absence is a tragedy—was any kind of cogent record of his life or work. 

There are pictures and half remembered stories. There are paintings and sculptures, covered in Saharan dust, the details of their provenance lost forever

September 6, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Andrew Sean Greer's LESS

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.

August 23, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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