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A blog by Matthew Dicks

When to revise?

By Matthew Dicks | December 9, 2008

Danny (an old high school friend, perhaps?) asks: When you write, do you draft everything quickly and then rewrite later, or do you craft each sentence until it is done? Every writer is different. There…

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Something Missing on Facebook

By Matthew Dicks | December 6, 2008

My buddy, Tom, started a Fans of Something Missing group on Facebook last week. It’s already got about forty members, even though most of them have yet to read the book. Yesterday he assigned me…

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Division of labor

By Matthew Dicks | December 1, 2008

One of the challenges of writing, at least for me, is how to divide my time, my attention and my energy.  Holding down a job as an elementary school teacher (and finding it difficult to…

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Quick reads

By Matthew Dicks | November 28, 2008

For anyone interested in some fun reading check out: The 7 Greatest Stories in the History of Esquire Magazine Esquire’s list of the Seven Best First Sentences of 2006 Esquire’s 70 Greatest Sentences

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More excited than me

By Matthew Dicks | November 27, 2008

My book popped up on Amazon.com last week, available for preorder. I have a Google alert set up for my name, and last Tuesday, it alerted me to the novel’s appearance on the site. Since…

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Finding the right literary agent

By Matthew Dicks | November 24, 2008

Brian, via email, asks: Can you tell me how the writer-agent relationship works? How did you go about finding an agent? First, please keep in mind that I can only speak about the relationship that…

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Inappropriate language

By Matthew Dicks | November 20, 2008

This evening, I attempted to open an Amazon Connect account, which would allow me to link this blog to the Amazon page where SOMETHING MISSING will be sold. It sounds like a great program. Not…

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Supplementary reading

By Matthew Dicks | November 20, 2008

Since you have to pay for the archives of many newspapers, my previously mentioned article, Two Divorces Too Many, which was re-titled by some newspapers and magazines, was difficult to find for some people.  By…

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Character first

By Matthew Dicks | November 20, 2008

Penelope Pudding (a genius pseudonym) writes: Do your books evolve as you write them, or do you know how they will end in advance? Interesting question. As you probably know, every author is different. Perhaps…

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Unexpected

By Matthew Dicks | November 19, 2008

An acquaintance of mine met with her divorce attorney today to begin the sad proceedings that will bring her marriage to an end.  Included in the informational packet that she received was an article entitled…

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