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The Art of the Novel at Litquake 2016

Preparing for NaNoWriMo at Litquake

Like last year, Litquake, San Francisco’s 17-year-old literary festival, held an insightful panel on The Art of the Novel this past Saturday.

The panel provided an inspiring push to prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) next month. As I plan to write my first NaNoWriMo novel in less than two weeks, I attended the panel and found the following as key takeaways. NaNoWriMo’s own Grant Faulkner moderated Ramona Ausubel, Jan Ellison, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Ellen Sussman, and Gina Frangello with a series of engaging questions to help the writers in attendance learn from the panelists. I found the following talking points inspiring or helpful in my journey towards NaNoWriMo. If you want to learn more, leave me a comment below or reach out to the individual panelists on Twitter or Facebook.

“The novel is the barometer of the health of our culture.”
— Grant Faulkner

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How to Remove Self-Judgement from your Novel Writing

would, coulda, shoulda

We focus on many facets of the writing process here at TheRightMargin, but occasionally, it’s important to step back, elevate above process, and consider the behavioral and psychological forces at play in our creative lives. I find myriad hobgoblins lurking in the shadows of our personal psychologies; destructive little beasts who can derail the motivation and morale essential to novel writing, despite our best efforts to overcome their intrusions through good organizational habits.

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Does Female-centric Literature Necessitate Romance?

Outside of my experience as a student at Wellesley College, where we loved discussing gender issues, I’ve found that talking about gender is hard. And discussing gender in literature is definitely not wildly popular. No one wants to call out T.S. Eliot for being sexist (even though he kind of was) or reprimand a bunch of dead old white men who contributed to the vast majority of our Western literary upbringing. But I think it’s important to talk about these issues. That’s how we help society move toward a future where it won’t be as hard–because we’ll have forced solutions as a result of discourse.

So today’s topic? The distinct imbalance between male and female protagonists in literature: specifically, the stark inequality when you take literature where the protagonist is involved in romantic or sexual plotlines out of the equation.

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LitQuake 2015: The Art of the Short Story

A Conference Panel Summary by Art Klepchukov, Senior UX Engineer:

This weekend I attended LitQuake 2015’s excellent panel, The Art of the Short Story. Thanks to Mark Peterson for moderating Jodi Angel, Tom Barbash, Grant Faulkner, and Siamak Vossoughi. This is a summary of my largely paraphrased notes.

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Writing about what you don’t know

radioactive aliens

While I’ve written a few million words — what with 6 books, thousands of blog posts spread over the internets and more than a few old-line news stories moldering away in library stacks — I’ve never written, except tax returns, one word of fiction.

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