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A blog by Matthew Dicks

First review

By Matthew Dicks | May 25, 2009

My first review came out today in Publisher’s Weekly. Though it contains some criticism which I will attempt to process over the coming days (is the book really rambling and repetitive?), the review is quite…

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My new hero

By Matthew Dicks | May 25, 2009

Anonymous, brilliant and brave.

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Latest adventures with my book club

By Matthew Dicks | May 24, 2009

I’m a member of a book club that I enjoy very much. We are currently reading Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago. It was chosen by my wife, Elysha, who views her opportunity to choose…

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Much improved

By Matthew Dicks | May 22, 2009

Just after complaining about my ability to write dialogue, I receive an email from a friend who just finished reading a draft of UNEXPECTEDLY, MILO. Finished the book last week.  It’s a good story –…

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New Yorker insider

By Matthew Dicks | May 21, 2009

Dan Baum has been twittering about his brief career as a staff writer at the New Yorker, and it is fascinating for anyone interested in the literary world and learning more about how freelance writers…

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Two. Period.

By Matthew Dicks | May 19, 2009

In the recent debate over how many spaces should come after a period, I unequivocally come down on the side of two. In the words of this blog’s author, “Taking the extra space away from…

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Bad dialogue

By Matthew Dicks | May 18, 2009

Each time I sit down in front of the laptop, one of my goals is to craft dialogue that is crisp, well paced, realistic and original. A daunting task depending upon the day. I’m much…

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Abbreviated

By Matthew Dicks | May 17, 2009

Another amusing Twitter application: Converting classic novels into 140 character tweets. From the Guardian comes an article about this new medium and this treatment of Pride and Prejudice, one of my wife’s favorite books: Woman…

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The good and the bad

By Matthew Dicks | May 15, 2009

I think it’s important for writers to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Awareness allows the writer to take advantage of his or her strengths while mitigating the weaknesses. In this spirit, here are my three…

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Fiction set in real life

By Matthew Dicks | May 13, 2009

I read a piece in The Guardian about Project Bookmark Canada, an organization that’s mission is to “place permanent markers displaying text from stories and poems in the locations where they take place.” What a…

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