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News from DeadDarlings: 3 Rs of Writing Exposed

This month at the DeadDarlings offices, we looked at vulnerabilities in characters and ourselves that manifest in our fiction. Here are some common stages in crafting a novel that every writer struggles through:

Research: Finding What Drives Your Story
Jerry Whelan explains how his fascination with long-dead New England abolitionists and digging for his own ancestral roots combine in his fiction in DNA, Memory and Fiction as Magic: A True Story.

Revise: Writing Realistic Characters
Laura Roper suggests Exploring Character Through Memoir as a way to guide them to reveal themselves in direct and indirect ways, intentionally vs. unintentionally ...

January 12, 2018 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Top Four Writers' Phobias, and What to Do About Them in 2018

By Katrin Schumann

I write a lot about writers’ insecurities because for 99.9 percent of us, fear lurks behind the brave faces we put on. Depending on where we are in our careers, we may all be afraid of different types of failures, but these deep-seated anxieties rarely go away completely.

Most artists learn to live with fear—and some learn to use it to drive toward better work. I might even dare to say that if you don’t experience doubt or fear, you should be worried. Overconfidence usually doesn’t serve writers well.

January 3, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

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News from DeadDarlings

We are in the thick of it. Winter means shorter days and longer shopping lists. If you've been wondering how you are going to find time for fiction between all the festivities that come with the season, don't despair. Here at the Dead Darlings office, we've got you covered with three things that every writer needs.

December 8, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

News from Dead Darlings

Hello from Dead Darlings! Last month we spent some time with our champions. First, five Grubbies with debut novels shared some of their success tips and struggles. Then we shared tips on how writers can get the most out of their protagonists.

November 10, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice Interviews

Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Erica Ferencik's The River At Night

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 Erica Ferencik's novel The River At Night.

October 25, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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