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Writing a mystery novel? Observe the new conventions but don’t get carried away

Conventional ways of writing style for any given year in the mystery novel can be as follows: tone, (richly sepulchral, as in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde,) descriptional method (light on scenery or heavy), conversational expression, organization
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Cliches: They mark the man (or woman)

People in public life, or even those of us who write or appear occasionally in public, can become aware of the one thing that marks us as non-distinctive or even boring: the use of clichés. I cannot understand why people
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Cliches Not Allowed

Cliches not allowed at Hawthorne Publishing, which should not be allowed in the world at large Avoid like the plague in writing and speaking: Use of “Absolutely” to answer a question. Suggestion: just “Yes.” Use of “amazing” to show something
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Designing and Living a Lifelong Career in Writing

In this series I’m going to be exploring what makes for an enduring and satisfying (and sometimes remunerative) business life in writing. I want to explore, with some of the best writers in our state weighing in, how a person
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