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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The world feels very wrong right now. Between shootings, terrorism, and the horrible people that are governing our country with seemingly no ethics or empathy whatsoever. 777 more words

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Familiar worlds

Words Deana Luchia

The saying, write about what you know, is quoted time and time again at budding writers, which is to say: focus on the craft of writing rather than doing research on things you know nothing about. 560 more words

Works In Progress

The Power of the Debut Novel

Last month I read two fantastic books that were the authors’ debut novels (The Hate U Give and The Leavers). That got me thinking about other great first novels I’ve read, which got me to thinking: why are so many authors’ first novels their best ones? 550 more words

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(T)he novel is about a young woman who learns to draw on inner strength she didn’t know she had to overcome dramatic challenges on her journey to adulthood. | Q&A with author Catherine Graham on her first novel "Quarry."

Catherine Graham’s poetry has won numerous awards and garnished huge praises from all sorts. Now Graham has turned her skilled craft towards a novel, something many people have been eagerly talking about in many of my circles. 944 more words

Canadian Literature

REVIEWED: Feast Of Sorrow

Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King. (Historical Novel, April 2017).

This unusually good first novel is a well-researched, discerning and ultimately quite poignant book about life in Ancient Rome. 724 more words

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

This is a really thoughtful, moving novel about a Chinese family that is torn apart in the United States.  Peilan grows up in China in a small village but dreams of exploring the world, so she travels to New York for factory work at better wages.  921 more words

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ACTION: the jitters of writing to publish

It starts with an idea. The story. Months, years later, it’s time to take the first step. The decision to publish. It isn’t an easy decision with all the jitters running through writers once they’ve “finished” writing their story (that’s never finished), with all the options available. 606 more words

General Writing