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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Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Tessa Hadley's The Past

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.

February 22, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Zadie Smith's Swing Time

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.

January 25, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Kate Racculia's Bellweather Rhapsody

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 edition features a sentence from Kate Racculia's novel Bellweather Rhapsody.

January 13, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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The Secrets to Writing a Great Book

By Katrin Schumann

People tend to think writing is romantic, and they’re not entirely wrong. It’s romantic in the way that being obsessed with someone who kind of, basically, mostly loves you back can be romantic—it’s a compelling, desperate, all-encompassing, occasionally fabulous experience. It’s romantic like starving in a garret is romantic: you’re hungry (which sucks), but at least you’re doing something that feels meaningful.

January 4, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

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