by Millie Ho
Note: This is a follow-up video/post to my post “To People Who Think I Use Big Words to Sound Smart”.
After reading “Mystic River” by Dennis Lehane, which was full of clear and powerful language, I realized that the right word is often the simpler word.
This is because the goal of communication is to make sure you are understood. It’s less about what you know and more about how you show what you know.
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by John Briggs
Should your book be part of a series or a stand-alone?
Creating sequels to books is big business these days. It’s the popular thing and profitable thing to do, spurred on by the tremendous success of series like Harry Potter. Authors now, more often than not, conceive their books from the very first draft as multi-part series of epic proportions to relay an immense tale of, one hopes, great meaning or enjoyment.
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It seems like every creative medium, genre etc… has at least one “golden age” – a time when it was consistently at it’s absolute best.
For science fiction, this was probably the 1950s-60s and/or the 1980s-90s. For computer and video games, this was probably the 1990s (no prizes for guessing what inspired this article. Surprisingly though, it wasn’t “Doom II”). For British comics, this was probably the 1980s-90s. I could go on for a while… but all of the “golden ages” I can think of are in the past.
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by Publishers Weekly
The New York Times has eliminated a number of bestsellers lists, although the exact number could not be confirmed Thursday morning. Cutting the various lists is part of an overall plan by the paper to revamp its coverage of publishing.
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by J. U. Scribe
This was the question that was raised in the back of my mind in the beginning of 2016. It’s no secret the latest Allegiant movie starring Shailene Woodley bombed at the box office. That came in the heels of the weak performance of another Sci-Fi movie: The 5th Wave, debuting at a little over ten million for its opening weekend. Up till last fall, YA books seemed to be all the rage especially from the dystopian sector.
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