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It's a few weeks into the official start of summer and here at the DeadDarlings office we're already declaring a do-over. Take back your sunburns, your hangovers and those pesky mosquito bites. Look back through the shadows at what could have or should have been.

Second take
Kelly Ford revisits her advice for writing GLBTQ characters in the wake of the Pulse night club bombing.

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It’s time to make your move. Roll the dice, hit the dance floor, pens to paper just get started! Over at Dead Darlings we’ve been looking carefully at the things that move us. 

 

The wheels on the bus

Cara Wood shared the winning 1-page contest entry from Craft on Draft: Writing Fiction from Real Life selected by authors Dawn Tripp, Michelle Hoover and Emily Ross for its vivid details taken from the very real MBTA No. 1 bus.

 

The pace on a page

How to Write a Page-Turner: Pacing Essays & Novels is Lisa Birk’s tactical ...

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“And they’re off!” Last month more than 26,000 Marathon runners crossed the finish line in Boston. Meanwhile, the Dead Darlings team was setting pace on that other long distance trek — writing the novel. Whether you are at the starting line, somewhere in the middle, or at home, in the tub, counting your blisters — we’ve got advice on how to cover those pages.

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Take a walk with us. Last month the Dead Darlings team wandered the earth, summoned divine spirits, unearthed some ghosts and muttered magical incantations – all in pursuit of better writing. Here are some tips on how to make your words go the distance – in this world and the next:

 

X Marks the Spot
Lisa Birk looks at the importance of setting in Without Geography You’re Nowhere.

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“Did you hear that?” The Dead Darlings offices were filled with sound this month. Whether it was the productive click-clack of keys, the scratching of pen to paper or those voices in our heads – we picked up some rhythm and wrote these posts:

Listen to the beat

In Love and Its Representations in Literature Sharissa Jones explains how a syllabus full of love her get at the heart of her writing life while Bonnie Waltch juggled synonyms in Everyday Expressions of Emotion & Other Wearisome, Well-Worn Words 

Speak up

Michele Ferrari compares her experience with live story-telling to ...

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