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    10 Lessons I Learned About Writing Novels From Stories That Aren’t Books

    by  • January 20, 2013 • Dexter, Games, House, M. D., The Good Wife, Writing, You are probably sorry you asked • 2 Comments

    (But first… happy birthday, Grace! Yaaaaaay!) Almost every how-to writing book you can find advises would-be writers to read extensively. This is sound advice. Reading a lot of what you want to write helps you to understand it viscerally the same way doing lots of math problems is a different experience from having the...

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    Violence is Red, Swear Words Are Blue…

    by  • November 4, 2012 • Books, Dexter, Writing, You are probably sorry you asked • 0 Comments

    … I’m thinking about fiction, and you will be, too. (WARNING: due to the nature of this discussion, this blog entry will contain swear words and references to works that depict graphic violence. No graphic violence in the blog itself, though.) The first novel manuscript I ever wrote was called Just James. I started it...

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    Machine or Mannequin?

    by  • November 7, 2009 • Books, Dexter, House, M. D., Sherlock Holmes, Writing, You are probably sorry you asked • 2 Comments

    I read Sarah Rees Brennan’s novel The Demon’s Lexicon last weekend. It was quite enjoyable (although I still don’t understand the title, but nevermind, I’m always missing details by the end of a book), and I recommend it. However, I’m bringing it up mainly because it reminded of something I’ve been meaning to write...

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    Deeply Disappointing Dexter?

    by  • December 16, 2007 • Books, Dexter • 0 Comments

    Don’t Jeff Lindsay’s “Dexter” titles remind you of those adult-movie-style titles like “Debbie Does Dallas”? No? Anyhow, I finally got my hands on a copy of the third book in the Dexter series, Dexter in the Dark. I read it all in one afternoon; coincidentally, I had my very first coffee latte ever at...

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