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Finding your writing style and voice

Here’s another blast from the archives that I figure deserves another airing, especially now that National Novel Writing Month is upon us.

Nailing down a style that works for you – which is distinctive, unique and cool – isn’t always easy. 346 more words


3 Books That Explore Catalonia’s Fight for Independence

On Thursday, following Catalonia’s Oct. 1 referendum on independence, Spain promised to take emergency measures to suppress secessionist sentiment in the restive northeastern region, which has long sought independence from Spain.


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In ‘Righteous,’ a Stand-Up Sleuth Investigates His Brother’s Murder

Last year, Joe Ide became the best thing to happen to mystery writing in a very long time. He made a smashing debut with “IQ,” which won the Macavity Award for best first novel, and if you can possibly read it before approaching its follow-up, “Righteous,” you won’t be sorry.


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To Dwell On Dreams: Inspiration and Where to Find It

Anyone who confesses to writing in public will inevitable face the same question: But where do you find your ideas?  I for one struggle to supply an answer whenever this question is asked of me.  416 more words


What Trump Can Learn From a Gold Star Family

AN AMERICAN FAMILY A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice By Khizr Khan 271 pp. Random House. $27.


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Paperback Row

Six new paperbacks to check out this week. THE ANGEL: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, by Uri Bar-Joseph. (Harper, $16.99.


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Trying to Follow the Muse While Domestic Life Calls

THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBYBy Cherise Wolas 534 pp. Flatiron Books. $27.99. There are the demands and joys of creating art … and then there are the demands and joys of being a parent.


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