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Rahul Kanakia

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Rahul Kanakia’s second novel, WE ARE TOTALLY NORMAL, is out in March 2020 from HarperTeen. Her first book, ENTER TITLE HERE (Disney '16) was a Junior Library Guild selection and was reviewed by the New York Times. Her stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, F&SF, and others. She lives in San Francisco with her wife and daughter. ...more

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Rahul Kanakia Weirdly, the idea has almost nothing to do with the book as it currently stands. I was reading an article about South Korea, where after a rash of pro…moreWeirdly, the idea has almost nothing to do with the book as it currently stands. I was reading an article about South Korea, where after a rash of protests students organized a mass movement to have less homework. They marched in the streets, chanting "We are not study machines." And I was like, hmm, that's intriguing. Maybe I should write a dystopian book about a world where people are forced to study really really really hard.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there was no need for this to be a dystopia, because for many kids, our own world requires studying really really hard. So I decided to write a book about one of those characters. (less)
Rahul Kanakia I've thought about this myself. Part of the answer is that this is just how she came to me. But I think there's a reason I felt like this story would …moreI've thought about this myself. Part of the answer is that this is just how she came to me. But I think there's a reason I felt like this story would work better with a female protagonist. A major part of the book deals with perfectionism. And that entails not just the pressure to achieve, but also the pressure to make it look easy. Reshma's rivals aren't the jocks or the cheerleaders. Her rivals are the perfects: kids who get good grades and play sports and lead clubs and run fundraisers and look attractive and go to parties and have lots of friends. They're kids who seem to have it all.

And I think that pressure is something that women and girls face to a much greater extent than men, so for me a female character felt like a better fit.(less)
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Working hard isn’t worthwhile unless you’re gonna work REALLY hard

Hello friendos. Don’t tell Rachel, but I decided to take the week off. I had an epiphany the other day: working hard is no good unless you’re willing to work really really really hard. It’s kind of like grades. Getting good grades is really useful in life, but they have to actually be good. People aren’t impresseed by a 3.5, they’re impressed by 3.9’s and above (unweighted). So if you’re working y

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“The thing no one understands about me is that sometimes, once in a while, I get this feeling like I can do anything, and that feeling is so rare and so beautiful that it's really hard not to simply surrender to it.”
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“I'm not a sympathetic main character. My quirks are not lovable. I am not clumsy. I am not overwhelmed by life. I am not unlucky in love.”
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“It was a Machiavellian scheme. I am a Machiavelli. I'm like twelve Machiavellis, in fact."

"You are no Machiavelli. You are one gossipy little bitch.”
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“Today, when everything is intellectual competition, a man must be capable of sitting in his chair at a desk for forty-eight hours straight just as a general had to sit for two days in his saddle on horseback.”
Honoré de Balzac, The Human Comedy: Selected Stories

“I left, stifling my generous impulse, for I have often observed that while a charitable act may do no harm to the benefactor, it is death to the one who receives it.”
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“Frey, James, How to Write a Damn Good Novel. Helpful emphasis on the three C’s of Premise: character, conflict, and conclusion; useful throughout. One of the damn best books on the subject.”
Renni Browne, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

“Stein, Sol, Stein on Writing. Perhaps the best book ever written on the overall craft of fiction. Straightforward, practical, easily absorbed.”
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“Frederick William’s oddest whimsy was the collection of giants for his Potsdam Grenadiers. They were an obsession; he would spend any money, even risk going to war with his neighbours, to have tall men (often nearer seven than six feet in height, and generally idiotic) kidnapped, smuggled out of their native lands and brought to him. Finally, he acquired over two thousand of them. His agents were everywhere. Kirkman, an Irish giant, was kidnapped in the streets of London, an operation which cost £1,000. A tall Austrian diplomat was seized when getting into a cab in Hanover; he soon extricated himself from the situation, which remained a dinner-table topic for the rest of his life.”
Nancy Mitford, Frederick the Great




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