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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

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

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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

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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

Books & Reading Craft Advice

News from DeadDarlings

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This month at the Dead Darlings, we played a frightening game of WHAT IF(?) Here are some of our top nightmare scenarios and helpful hints to survive catastrophe.

What if someone publishes your idea before you?

Milo Todd saw a similar novel to his get to market first and lived to tell us about it. 

August 11, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice

Catching an Agent or Editor’s Attention: What's the Secret?

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By Katrin Schumann

This spring, a new writer—let’s call her Sharon—sent out dozens of queries for her novel and received zero response. Nothing, not even a single no thanks. She contacted me to ask if I could help with her query letter. Understandably, she thought there might be a secret to writing a query that would catch an agent's attention, and she'd missed it.

August 2, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

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