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An etymological examination of the word "publish." And other more interesting stuff.
What do Margaret Atwood, Mark Twain, Edgar Alan Poe, and Beatrix Potter all have in common? They all have the middle name “Bruce.” I kid. In fact, they are all authors who at one time or ano...
by Justin C. Key • 22 comments
What's more nerve-racking than having a group of people critique your work? Having to critique someone else's (or maybe I'm just weird?).
In continuing with my strategy of writing posts stemming from the current happenings in my literary world, today's union of words is brought on by the critique group I met with last night. They are a...
by Justin C. Key • 37 comments
Why do literary writers hate on genre? No, seriously, I want an answer!
A couple weeks ago I decided that it was time for me to find a writing group in the area. I live in Oakland and work in San Francisco, so basically anywhere in the California Bay Area. I just wanted t...
by Justin C. Key • 9 comments
Random, useless thoughts on point of view.
Choosing the point of view for your story can be extremely difficult, or so easy you don't even remember making the choice. The point of view can end up choosing you just as much as you can choose it:...
Misconceptions about home libraries.
I just returned from the Tompkins County Friends of the Library book sale in Ithaca, NY. It is purportedly the second largest book sale in the United States. Since I am a firm believer in “whoever d...
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