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Emily Foster Hooray, so I'm glad you liked the first two books and were intrigued by Simon. I was too - he just sort of appeared on the page and I was like, "Who…moreHooray, so I'm glad you liked the first two books and were intrigued by Simon. I was too - he just sort of appeared on the page and I was like, "Who is this cat?" I do indeed have plans for him, but I have two other books to write first, so it'll be a while!(less)
Emily Foster Write. Write every day. Write 500 words every day.

Also read. Reread your favorite books (especially in the genre you're writing) and try to figure out…more
Write. Write every day. Write 500 words every day.

Also read. Reread your favorite books (especially in the genre you're writing) and try to figure out what it is about these books that you love so much.

And read about writing. I've found Donald Maas's "21st Century Fiction" invaluable, along with "Story Engineering" and lots of others. And there are two books about writing that taught me about writing, less because of their actual advice or information, and more because of how they are written: "Bird by Bird" by Ann Lamott and Strunk & White's evergreen "Elements of Style."

Writing is a craft, a skill, as much as an art. No one expects a sculpter to just intuitively *know* how to carve shapes into stone; we know that she will need to be taught, and she will need to practice.

So learn. Learn by explicit lessons; learn by observing the work of masters; and learn by practicing.

Anyway, that's how I do it.(less)
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Vice’s Broadly has a piece about the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex in Fiction award, which includes the remarkable tidbit that another literary magazine is considering a GOOD sex writing award:


This year The Erotic Review, another U.K. literary review magazine, said they would start a good sex award, an initiative that various reviews and critics propose every few years. “We have laughed eno...

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“To love someone is to love the process of them, not just the way they are but the way they grow. To witness a human's personal evolution is to worship at the altar of their true selfhood. And all you have to do is listen well. Listen to what they say, what they don't say, and the context in which they're saying it. Keep listening. And then listen some more.”
Emily Foster, How Not to Let Go

“And I realized that until we have healed, pain is how we bear loss in our bodies. Sometimes we mistake the pain for love, so we hold on to it, we stay there in the darkness, in the valley. Or we think that if it doesn't hurt, it isn't love. But when we allow ourselves to move through it and out of it...eventually we heal. And only when we experience the entire journey, through the suffering to wholeness, do we know the full scope of love.”
Emily Foster, How Not to Let Go

“I—I don’t drink,” said Shina.

The Captain clicked her tongue. “Well, I don’t know your life,” she said, “but that might be part of your greater overall problem.”
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