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Must Read Writing Blog Posts 27-31 May 2013

List of the best blog posts about writing, fiction, literature etc from May 27 to 31.

Howard Marks: 'Prison isn't very high on the list of life tragedies'

Howard Marks didn't see his latest career, as a crime fiction novelist, coming. "I didn't see any of them coming," he quips, with a throaty giggle which erupts into an alarmingly bronchial coughing fit.

What's Your Excuse for Not Writing? |

One of the things I love most about working with writers is that so many of them are unflinchingly generous with their time, words and wisdom. So when I was recently approached by freelancer Monica Bhide and asked if I'd be interested in something purely motivational for our community of writers and readers, I jumped at the chance to have her as a guest here on There Are No Rules.

The Adverb Is Not Your Friend: Stephen King on Simplicity of Style

by Maria Popova "I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops." "Employ a simple and straightforward style," Mark Twain instructed in the 18th of his 18 famous literary admonitions. And what greater enemy of simplicity and straightforwardness than the adverb?

5 Unsolved Literary Mysteries

Taken from The Things That Nobody Knows: 501 Mysteries of Life, the Universe and Everything ($14.95, Atlantic Books, distributed in the U.S. by Trafalgar Square Publishing) The epic poem Beowulf is the most important surviving work of Anglo-Saxon literature.

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: Reversals

Welcome to Part Eight of our popular fiction series. This week, Lucy looks at plot reversals. For the earlier articles in the series, click on the parts below: It's Week 8, and we are getting deeper into the plotting of your work of fiction.

How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain? - Visual News

Each day we write things down - maybe a grocery list, something memorable in a journal or if we're feeling really creative, even a story. But, how often do we consider the effects and benefits the process of writing has on our brains?