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Sound Quality: Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca

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 brand new blog series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

November 25, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

Craft Talk Creativity Different ways to learn to be a better writer Fiction Inspiration Performance The Drum

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

It can be hard to find time to write, especially around the holidays. Learn about Scheduling Creativity on the blog: