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Nancy Butts

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Nancy Butts has had her head stuck in a book ever since she learned to read--and she's been writing stories for just as long.

She published her first poem at age ten, and decided after reading Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" in fifth grade that she wanted to be a writer, too. But she never thought she was good enough, so by the sixth grade she decided to be an astronomer instead: and after that a lawyer, Congresswoman, spy, and finally a doctor. And if she hadn't gone to Duke University, where she learned that in order to be premed she had to hang out in chemistry lectures with 500 other students, she might be a doctor today. Instead, she took a seminar in Zen Buddhism and decided that spending all her time talking about big ideas i
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Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles on demystifying viewpoint. The originals will appear first as posts on my Spontaneous Combustion blog, then be archived on my website as downloadable PDFs.

Library of CongressSome of my favorite books are written in omniscient viewpoint—and yet omni POV is my least favorite form of narration. It makes even the most modern of books sound antique—an... Read more of this blog post »
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This is book 10 in the series, the one that comes after what I think of as our hero Armand Gamache’s “Reichenbach Falls” in book 9, How The Light Gets In. And when I look back at my review of that book, and of all the books in Penny’s Gamache series, ...more
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The star of this novel isn’t any of the characters—it’s the eerie, brooding presence of the First Bank of Cleveland, a looming hulk which was inexplicably abandoned twenty years before the book begins, with all its furniture and files and trappings i ...more
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This book has its moments—moments where the potential of its urban fantasy premise rang loud and clear, moments where the writing gifts of the author shone through—but still, I had to force myself to finish it. The first chapter is a disaster. The pr ...more
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100+ Books in 2015: Dolly's 100+ Books for 2013 25 66 Dec 31, 2013 06:36PM  
Elmore Leonard
“Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
Elmore Leonard




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