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Bits of green are popping up around Dead Darlings HQ. Spring is always a good time to look to the future, evaluate the past, and think about what’s current. Topics around here this past month include history, world building, true crime, and bookstore shelves. Scroll down and read all about them.

True Crime Leads the Way

Emily Ross in How the Pied Piper of Tucson Led Me to My Story writes about how a true crime provided the framework she needed for her plot and characters and led her to the story told in her forthcoming book Half in ...

April 17, 2015 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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Recommended (Non-fiction) Reading

Every month, I try to think of an interesting new blog post idea. This month I sat down and considered the types of blog posts I most like to read. For me, it's recommended reading lists. It's such a gift to receive essay or book ideas from someone else. It made me wonder why I haven't posted my own reading list. 

So, below you will find my favorite non-fiction reading recommendations. Happy Reading!

April 15, 2015 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

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Everything You Need to Know About Point of View: Lessons and Libations at Craft on Draft

Before readers learn the plot of your short story or novel, before they meet your characters and before they are able to envision the setting – they invariably notice the point of view you’ve chosen. Your initial sentences betray how the story will be told. When I hear the phrase “point of view” it calls to mind grammar - first person, second person, third person - but the style choice extends beyond pronoun and holds more power over your work than you might realize

April 15, 2015 | Cara Wood

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You’re Oh So Shy, But You Can Learn How to Schmooze at Writing Conferences

People peg me as outgoing, but the truth is, like many journalists and writers, I’m more of an introvert than an extrovert. I admit to a little stage fright before I give a talk or before I even take a seat in a large workshop at a writer’s conference.

But no matter how shy any of us are, we can learn to embrace the jitters and make them work for us. I sat in a GrubStreet workshop about four years ago and was surprised to hear how many participants were wavering about whether to even attend the Muse ...

April 14, 2015 | Linda Wertheimer

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Lit Link Loves: Our Internet Faves 4/13/15 #Muse15 Edition

Once every few weeks or so we’ll feature our favorite literary links. This week, we're choosing links related to Muse and the Marketplace presenters. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done. 



From The Guardian, Aminatta Forna on labels and identity in literature:
April 13, 2015 | Grub Daily

All The Muse That's Fit to Print News From the Muse

Today on the Grub Daily, top picks from @OurDeadDarlings incl. how to get your book on the shelf! #writinglife