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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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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News from the DeadDarlings

What now? Here at the DeadDarlings office we headed into a new year under a new presidency. Writers know how to handle transitions. We notice the shifts taking place within our scenes or between our chapters and choose how to smooth out the journey for our readers by looking at what has to change and what stays the same from one state to the next. Last month we looked at all the things we want to keep doing in 2017.

February 17, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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Hunker Down and Write!

By Katrin Schumann

I've had a hard time writing these last few months, and yet I've written a lot. Many writers and artists are wondering "What's the point?"-- and I've fallen into that trap many a day. Who cares about my little imaginary drama when real life dramas are playing out in such astonishing ways? 

When there's political and cultural upheaval, some artists are galvanized, and some are overwhelmed.

February 2, 2017 | Katrin Schumann