• R/W: Resolve, Rethink, and Write [GIFs]

    R/W: Resolve, Rethink, and Write [GIFs]29

    • December 27, 2014

    My deepest regret for 2014 is that I spent so little time writing. Instead, I focused on growing the site — worth the attention, obviously, and it did pay off. But I’ve been wanting to get back into a rhythm of writing substantively, regularly, and without agony. Then Angel tweeted about building a personal blog calendar and whoa — whoa,

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  • R/W: The Real and the Robotic

    R/W: The Real and the Robotic1

    • December 20, 2014

    What does it mean to write a realistic novel? Or a realistic screenplay? Does psychological realism depend on the use of one or another sets of literary tricks? Does it feel real — is that the ultimate test? Some weeks ago now, a famous writer said that Shakespeare sucks because his work is unrealistic and

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  • R/W: The Gauntlet Thrown Down

    R/W: The Gauntlet Thrown Down0

    • December 14, 2014

    Writing Tips The challenge, should you choose to accept it, you must include at least one of the words on this Buzzfeed list of “old-timey” words in your next conversation. Does that sound like a bunch of stultiloquence to you? Well, whoever said a little tommyrot was ever bad for you? So get your monkeyshine on

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  • R/W: Write, Translate, Fantasize

    R/W: Write, Translate, Fantasize4

    • December 7, 2014

    Welcome back to R/W, our weekend linkblog on writing, reading, language, and literacy. This week we’re thinking about writing mechanics, reading mechanics, and the politics of translation. I am always happy to find great articles and sites from industry experts that can help me improve my skills as a writer. I especially like articles that

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  • R/W: Do Worry

    R/W: Do Worry1

    • November 29, 2014

    Well, add another book to my Jane Austen fangurl collection. Jane Austen Cover to Cover by Margaret Sullivan explores the various covers of Austen’s oeuvre. The covers are not only a delightful way to engaged with Austen’s continued legacy, but also to learn a little about what Austen’s books mean to a particular era. The

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  • R/W:  Concepts and Concept Art

    R/W: Concepts and Concept Art0

    • November 22, 2014

    A contest? For me? Yes, you! Glimmer Train is a pretty cool short story journal that pays out $50,000 every year to writers. It is a rare survivor, but continues to be successful in its attempts to showcase new work, and often new writers. Their New Writer Contest deadline is coming up. Details from their email: “Deadline:

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