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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Solving problems

By Matthew Dicks | May 28, 2009

My wife recently described my writing process like this: You approach writing like you approach life, as a problem solver. You create complex and elaborate problems for your characters, and then, after you’ve gotten them…

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Second review!

By Matthew Dicks | May 26, 2009

The second review of SOMETHING MISSING was forwarded to me today, a starred review (the highest praise a book can receive in this publication) in the June 1st issue of Booklist Magazine.  Even more positive…

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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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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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