#LitChat: Eccentric Writing Habits of Famous Writers (Infographic)
Feb13

#LitChat: Eccentric Writing Habits of Famous Writers (Infographic)

The eccentric writing habits of famous writers make me feel a bit more accepting of my own writing quirks. Let’s face it, we all have peculiarities inherent in our respective creative processes. Back when I taught a creative writing class, one of the introductory activities we would do as a class was to create a collaborative diagram of the writing process. Needless to say, the process diagram was a glorious hot mess. At any...

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#LitChat: A Monster’s Sticky Books by Candy Korman
Nov14

#LitChat: A Monster’s Sticky Books by Candy Korman

We all have memorable books, so-called sticky books whose stories stay with us long after the reading ends. Candy Korman is here to share the books that have lingered with her, and why she doesn’t reread them. We’re swapping guest posts, so make sure to also read Monster Mash-Ups and the Case of Edgar Allan Poe. Though I tend to be a re-reader, I can see the merit of letting the magic spell cast by the first reading of a...

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#BannedBooksWeek: Celebrating Diversity in Literature (Infographic)
Sep26

#BannedBooksWeek: Celebrating Diversity in Literature (Infographic)

Once again, banned books week is upon us. This year’s focus is on celebrating diversity in literature. All too often, challenged or banned books are those written by authors from minority backgrounds whose voice does not represent the status quo. Please take a second to think back to all the books you’ve read, either in school or for personal enjoyment. Now ask yourself how diverse your reading background has been. If that...

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#LitChat: Fatwa and Free Speech by Julia Whitmore
Jul11

#LitChat: Fatwa and Free Speech by Julia Whitmore

As a former educator, book censorship and banning books is a topic near and dear to my heart. In the past, I’ve celebrated Banned Books Week in September by inviting guest posts and also chiming in on topics such as What is Age Appropriate Literature? I’m pleased to be able to add today’s guest post that discusses fatwa and free speech. If you aren’t familiar with the term, fatwa is a legal opinion or decree...

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#AmReading: Tips on Finding more Reading Time
Jan11

#AmReading: Tips on Finding more Reading Time

Most of us could stand to make an effort at finding more reading time. Many a reluctant reader has wailed, “But I don’t have time to read!” More often than not, exclaiming we don’t have time to do something often equates to a lack of effort to make the time. And don’t even get me started on writers who don’t read much. If that’s you, please imagine me shaking a testy finger in your face as I...

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