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The Show Must Go On

As we’ve frequently discussed here, and as has almost become something akin to conventional wisdom, creative endeavors nowadays really can’t expect any degree of support from anywhere. Partly this is due to the economic and social climate, but partly too to the simple fact of over-saturation: millions more people are now expressing themselves – or […]

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Storytelling

Human beings are born storytellers. Quite literally – it’s in our DNA and may have been a driving force behind the construction of culture over the course of our evolution once language had come on the scene (and it is possible to think even before then, albeit in more limited ways). We use our stories […]

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Reflected glory

It can be so depressing to pick up a classic. When you open Fitzgerald, Proust, Morrison, Goethe, Austen, Tolstoy, Woolf, you are not only faced with a work of profound beauty you find yourself staring into a mirror of your own inadequacies, and the glare of it all is harsh to say the least. John […]

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The joys of writing?

For the past two years I’ve been focusing on academic writing, both out of personal interest and also because it’s what hiring committees want to see in their applicants. I enjoy the process of reading widely, taking notes, reflecting on, and deeply interacting with the texts, and then organizing it all together into a new […]

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Guest Post: Hamish Spiers

Hi everyone. I’m Hamish Spiers and as some of you may know, I’m an indie author. Presently my work is available through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and it is mostly, but not entirely, science fiction. It therefore doesn’t quite fit the style of what you’ll see here at Drugstore Books but nonetheless, Paul and Andrew […]

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Writing with a purpose

After reading and thinking a lot about Paul’s last couple of posts on the writing game (part 1 and part 2), I find myself returning to the question of what motivates us to write. As you probably all know from the trad-pubbed anonymous mid-list author’s piece, the tale that she told was one that started […]

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“The Hoax” and a writer’s motivation

Those of you in the real world probably saw the Richard Gere movie “The Hoax” back when it came out in 2007 or shortly thereafter. Japan being the place it is, I only just saw it a few days ago (it was in the “brand new” section of the video rental place near my apartment). […]

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Great Expeditions: The First Draft

I’ve yet to decide whether I love or loathe first drafts. It would be wrong to think that I’m ambivalent. Love and loathe are strong words that can’t be watered down and made neutral. Conquistadors didn’t use expressions like so-so: it was either triumph or damnation. That’s how I feel about first drafts — a […]

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And the winner is…

My fiction won’t win any awards. Nor will it even be read by many people. (Nudge, nudge—come on friends, tell your friends about my books! 😉 ) Don’t get me wrong though, I’m okay with this. Popularity is not something I’ve sought, and although success would be welcomed (probably, it would depend on the form […]

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Staying Motivated

Writing can be a very thankless task. Long hours of planning a story or report followed by long hours of doing the necessary research followed by long hours of typing the actual text–and that’s just what goes into the creation of your work. Once that’s done you still have even more long hours of revising, […]

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