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A blog by Matthew Dicks

The unexpected

By Matthew Dicks | December 30, 2008

I’m often questioned as to how I can be surprised by something that happens in the book that I am writing when I am the one doing the writing. “Don’t you know what’s going to…

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My beginning with Mr. Compo

By Matthew Dicks | December 26, 2008

In the acknowledgments of Something Missing, I thank Mark Compopiano, my high school English teacher, for teaching me that “words can change minds.” I had always wanted to write, but Mr. Compiano, my English teacher…

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My writing group

By Matthew Dicks | December 21, 2008

About six months ago, I gathered some friends who are interested in writing and formed a writing group. We meet about once every other month and discuss our work. It’s quite a varied group. We…

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By Matthew Dicks | December 18, 2008

My mother-in-law found Something Missing listed on the Japanese version of Amazon today. Kind of neat.  Huh? While I’m not certain, I think this is actually an English version of the book, being sold in Japan. …

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One step closer

By Matthew Dicks | December 18, 2008

The Advanced Reader Copy for Something Missing arrived today! An ARC is (in the words of Wikipedia) a copy of a book released by its publisher before the book has gone to the press. ARCs…

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Strunk, White and the placenta

By Matthew Dicks | December 16, 2008

Last night Elysha and I attended our final birth class. Though the first two classes were highly informative and well worth my time, this was the class that included the breathing exercises and the dreaded…

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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 plot lines vaguely resemble actual moments in…

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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 it later, or do you craft each sentence until it is done? Every writer is different.…

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