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Women Who Write Bestsellers Shouldn't Hand Them to the Film Industry: An Interview with Emma Donoghue

As a film journalist, it was a thrill to interview A-list actors and actresses at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. But as a writer, one of my most inspiring sit-downs was with Emma Donoghue.


At first, I was a bit intimidated. I’ve been a fan of the Ireland-born Donoghue since her first novels Stir-Fry and Hood, landmark books for LGBT readers back in the 1990s

November 23, 2015 | Loren King

News from Dead Darlings

November is National Novel Writing Month, and Dead Darlings is the place to go for all things novel. This month, we write about comps, acknowledgements, plate spinners, and real life.

The Comp

The journey in finding a novel comp is a long and arduous one. Jack Ferris’s In Search of the Elusive Comp tells of such a tale.

November 20, 2015 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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Why I Write As Though My Life Depends On It

In 2011 at the age of 31 as I lay dying in one of our nation's top rehab facilities readying myself to be transferred to the hospice floor of a nursing home and carry out my final days, I was given five years to live by the world's leading medical professionals—but I knew I had less. I knew I would never walk again, never bathe, bathroom, or brush my teeth in privileged solitude again, never fulfill my childhood dream of attaining a higher degree, and never find real love

November 18, 2015 | Grub Daily

Best of the Web 11/16/2015

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done. 

Haruki Murakami explains how he went from being an owner of a jazz club to a full-time writer with a much healthier lifestyle in this piece for The New Yorker:

The Running Novelist

November 13, 2015 | Grub Daily

The Art of Putting Things Together

Last night, my two-year-old spent the evening dropping fistfuls of fried rice from her high seat while singing Humpty Dumpty had a great faaaaall!


I probably should have intervened – taken her bowl away or redirected her. At the very least I should have stopped making sound effects every time the rice hit the carpet.


But as a poet, I’ve developed the ability to detach myself from my parental responsibilities and view my kids, instead, as adorable little metaphors.

November 11, 2015 | Ben Berman

Amusements Creativity Poetry Writing While Parenting

The Novel Incubator Open House and Info Session is tomorrow. Don't miss your chance to learn all about this program!