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What Is Commercial Fiction?

And why you should stop assuming it’s trash.  Myth: The quality of writing in commercial fiction is low.  Myth: Commercial fiction is less intelligent than literary fiction.  Myth: Commercial fiction isn’t “deep.”  Myth: Commercial fiction is trashy.  Myth: Commercial fiction … Continue reading

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What Is Literary Fiction?

And why you should stop assuming you hate it. Myth: Anything you read in school is literary fiction. Myth: “Intellectual” works are automatically literary fiction. Myth: Literary fiction is always boring/has no plot. Myth: Literary fiction is always wordy. Myth: … Continue reading

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The Problems with Strong Female Characters

I’m not even close to the first writer/blogger to bring this up. Two of my favorites are this New York Times article and Natalie Whipple’s post. I don’t actually agree with everything in both of these, but I think they’re well-spoken and worth reading. … Continue reading

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The Immortality of Books

Have you ever noticed that book reports, synopses, reviews, and query letters are written in present tense, even if the book they’re about is told in past tense? Have you ever stopped to really consider why (beyond the fact that … Continue reading

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