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Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Pat Barker's Noonday

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 focuses on Pat Barker's use of verb tenses in her novel Noonday--in one sentence in particular that moves nimbly between ...

April 26, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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News from DeadDarlings

This month at the DeadDarlings Office we took a close look at inspirational ideas, first drafts and what it means to build a series.

Discovering Meaning

In an ambiguous world,Finding True North can be difficult. Lisa Birk looks at how to read and write in a world where definitions are unstable.

April 21, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

When Stumbling on a Book Can Change Your LIfe

By Katrin Schumann

Do you ever really struggle to find just the right book to fit your mood? When I’m deeply embroiled in my own writing, I get particularly fussy about my reading material. I want to be inspired and energized—I really don’t want to think: How the hell did THIS get published?

So when I find a book that grabs me and won’t let go, I’m filled with pure delight and gratitude

April 5, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

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Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Dana Spiotta

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.

March 22, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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News from DeadDarlings

“Where’s your novel?” Yes, we at the DeadDarlings Office are checking in on the status of your latest draft. How’s it going? We did an inventory of our own works in progress as well. Here are the some of the places and phases we found our novels stuck in this month.

In front of the screen

In “My Secret Writing Habit,” Anna Williams confesses to the guilty pleasure of writing while watching. 

March 17, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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