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J. Mulrooney

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J. Mulrooney is a Canadian writer who was baptized by Father Breen and took piano lessons with Mr Pengelly. His earliest writing job was to print “I will not be disrespectful in class” fifty times on a sheet of paper. Since then, his plots have improved considerably.

Mr. Mulrooney is a finalist for the 2017 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. If he has not died he is probably still living in upstate New York.

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J. Mulrooney Sit down with what you’ve written so far. Start at the beginning and read through. When you get to the second last page, open your notebook or word…moreSit down with what you’ve written so far. Start at the beginning and read through. When you get to the second last page, open your notebook or word document. On the last page, get out your pen or put your hands on the keyboard. When you finish the last page, start writing.

The other thing I tell students is that you don’t have to write the thing consecutively. If you know that Martha and John are going to have a blowout over the dog, you can write that now, even if it won’t come for a few chapters. You may need to revise a bit more later, but sometimes writing out of order helps you focus on the big things and keeps the project moving.

A final tip - when you're writing something larger and know you're going to have stop, take five minutes and write a few lines about what you have to do next. You're in the moment of creation, and especially after a good session, you can see where you're going. But you don't always find your way back to that zone immediately, so giving the future you a little note about what the in-the-zone you saw coming can really help.
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J. Mulrooney If you're writing a novel? 500 words a day. Every day. It's a lifestyle.

I don't really know what non-fiction writers do. If you're writing short…more
If you're writing a novel? 500 words a day. Every day. It's a lifestyle.

I don't really know what non-fiction writers do. If you're writing short pieces, the answer is different as well, because you have to generate new ideas all the time. Truth to tell, I think writing a novel is easier than a book of stories. (less)
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An Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity by J. Mulrooney
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“He had been naïve, he realized: in those days he still had the idea that people would avoid Hell if you let them. Now he knew better. People will find their own way to Hell even if you beat them with a stick to go the other way.”
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"Rarely has short-story reading provided me with such enjoyment. Mulrooney's fables are alternately tender, macabre, whimsical and stark, but each in their own way providing a glimpse into a deeper truth about human person. The collection of 14 sto..." Read more of this review »
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“He is looking down into the toilet bowl. He sees a bright shiny red ball, about the size of his fist, covered with blood and bobbing jauntily in the yellowed water. It throbs in time
with Ernest’s pulse. It is his heart.”
J. Mulrooney, The Day Immanuel Kant Was Late: Philosophical Fables, Pious Tales, and Other Stories

“And he told Stink about a saint he had tempted a thousand generations ago. Satan had mocked the Enemy’s ridiculous claim of omnipotence. “Does God have the power to make a rock so big that he cannot move it?” Satan asked. The saint looked at him. “Yes,” he said. “And then He would pick it up.”
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“For these were the days when Time was still the horizon of beauty and had not yet begun its slow inexorable destructions.”
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“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
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“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

“Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.”
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“Literature as a whole is not an aggregate of exhibits with red and blue ribbons attached to them, like a cat-show, but the range of articulate human imagination as it extends from the height of imaginative heaven to the depth of imaginative hell.”
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“He is looking down into the toilet bowl. He sees a bright shiny red ball, about the size of his fist, covered with blood and bobbing jauntily in the yellowed water. It throbs in time
with Ernest’s pulse. It is his heart.”
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