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Map: The book that best represents each state — Vox

Map: The book that best represents each state – Vox.

We always love a good map. The below map might just seem to be another riff on “which book is most popular in each state” or something similar. But it’s actually much more interesting than that.

Take a look: http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/10/17/6988649/literary-map-the-books-that-best-represent-each-state-united-states

The map is called The Literary United States, and it aims to plot out the “best books for every state.” It’s not based on research or polls or statistics. Instead, it was compiled by writers for BK Mag. Fortunately, they have great taste.

A literary map of the U.S.

A literary map of the U.S.

For instance, BK Mag chooses Zora Neale Hurston’s masterpiece Their Eyes Were Watching God to represent Florida. The novel is set in the Sunshine State, which makes it an obvious choice. The book selections, though, have to do with more than just setting.

The rest of the article at: http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/10/17/6988649/literary-map-the-books-that-best-represent-each-state-united-states

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cARtOONSDAY: “mEANDERING sAG”

Willard wondered if there was a Sag Wagon for the sagging middle of novels?

Willard wondered if there was a Sag Wagon for the sagging middle of novels?

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Can’t get into highbrow novels? Ditch them, says Nick Hornby

Can't get into highbrow novels? Ditch them, says Nick Hornby – Telegraph.

When struggling through a classic novel, many have found honour in persevering to the end.

But it appears it might be better just to give up quickly.

Nick Hornby, the bestselling novelist, has argued readers should put down difficult books immediately if they are not enjoying them.

Battling through them, he said, would only condition people to believe reading is a chore, leaving a “sense of duty” about something you “should do”.

Instead, Hornby argued, reading should be seen more like television or the cinema, and only undertaken as something people “want to do”.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, about his new novel Funny Girl, Hornby argued even children should not be compelled to read books they do not want to, saying setting targets of books they “should” read is counterproductive.

Hornby, the author of Fever Pitch, High Fidelity and About A Boy, said: “I’m passionate about reading and what reading can do for you, but I don’t want anyone to tell you what you should read.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/11141627/Cant-get-into-highbrow-novels-Ditch-them-says-Nick-Hornby.html

[Editor’s note: Thank you to Ashlie for the link to the article.]

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What Classic Novel Describes Your Life?

Which one indeed

Which one indeed

What Classic Novel Describes Your Life?.

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Quiz: can you identify these classic books by their covers? | Books | theguardian.com

Quiz: can you identify these classic books by their covers? | Books | theguardian.com.

There is also a quiz science fiction book covers on this blog.

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The Graphic details of the Gothic novel

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/books/interactive/2014/may/09/reading-gothic-novel-pictures?CMP=fb_gu

How to tell you’re reading a gothic novel – in pictures

When Horace Walpole published his ‘gothic story’ The Castle of Otranto, he launched a literary movement which has sired monsters, unleashed lightning and put damsels in distress for 250 years. A horde of sub-genres has followed, from southern gothic to gothic SF, but are some novels more gothic than others? We return to the genre’s roots in the 18th century for this definitive guide.

Gothic novels, the villain

Gothic novels, the villain

For the rest of the “graphic” story:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/interactive/2014/may/09/reading-gothic-novel-pictures?CMP=fb_gu

Thank you Ashlie for the suggestion.

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Writing tip Wednesday: “Novel ideas”

Source: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-to-write-a-manuscript-5-excellent-tips?et_mid=669375&rid=239626420

How to Write a Manuscript: 5 Key Tips

Getting started on any writing project is always the toughest. For years I talked about turning an idea I had from college into a novel so amazing that Oprah would beg to have me on—probably twice! I had notes for the novel in my head and, once in a blue moon, I’d actually sit down to try to write the damn thing. But what did I know about how to write a manuscript? The most I could ever hammer out was about 2,000 words. Considering most first-time novels fall between 80,000-100,000 words, I think it was safe to say that I was more likely to publish a sneeze than this book.

It wasn’t until I got serious about it that I started to make real progress (not on that manuscript, mind you, but on a nonfiction project). I don’t think I would have had any luck writing a manuscript if I hadn’t learned these five tips. I recommend them to anyone who is serious about writing a manuscript or has even toyed with the idea of writing novels. Here they are.

1. Don’t worry about format until you are finished.

Details like this only stand in your way from writing a great story. Worry about cooking the meal first before concerning yourself with presentation. You can wait until much, much later to adjust your manuscript and adhere to formatting guidelines. And, when you are ready, read this piece on how to format a manuscript.

2. Set aside 45-60 minutes a day to write your novel.

Sometimes, finding the time isn't easy.

Sometimes, finding the time isn’t easy.

Who are we kidding, we all have super busy lives of driving kids to soccer, caring for sick parents, paying bills, posting witty Facebook status updates (after all, we are writers so our updates are the best), and who knows what else. But the dirty truth is if you can’t carve at least 45 minutes out of your day to dedicate to writing, then you aren’t serious about writing a manuscript. It’s time to take it seriously. If you need extra help, check out 90 Days to Your Novel —it’s a great resource.

Other information includes outlining, first and lines sentences, and having fun. Details at: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-to-write-a-manuscript-5-excellent-tips?et_mid=669375&rid=239626420

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