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A blog by Matthew Dicks

How to make your wife cry

By Matthew Dicks | December 15, 2008

I have many reasons to write, and most are of the high-minded, creative sort. But I also like to make my wife cry. It was a Friday in May, and I was at work. My…

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Literary and humorous

By Matthew Dicks | December 11, 2008

Each day, Something Missing seems to pop up on another bookselling website, and each time Google Alert informs me of this, it’s just as exciting as the first time. Though admittedly the book’s appearance on…

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Stealing from real life

By Matthew Dicks | December 10, 2008

Something Missing is a work of fiction. Even so, there are elements of my own life contained therein. Several characters are loosely based upon friends and acquaintances, certain plotlines vaguely resemble actual moments in my…

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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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