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Alice Hoffman: Five amazing tips to help you write your novel


Write lists. Start with random words, choosing the ones you love like oleander and aquamarine. Go on those that cause pinpricks of fear to rise on your skin: sorrow, graveyard, raven, slash. … 
Now sit down and start writing. In your story there may be a girl in a red-hooded sweat shirt climbing over a fence, stumbling past two deer as she leaves your grandmother’s house. She looks like you, but look again. You’re writing fiction. She’s someone brand-new.

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Sit in the center of a library. Somewhere where you can see people. Don’t read a book; read the people around you. See the little girl working on her math homework, the teenage boy bobbing his head to the song he is listening to, the girl across from him who cannot stop staring at him, the men with ties too tight looking at long lists of numbers, the girl hiding behind a pile of books, and the women ripping her paper in half. Somehow I now realize every person is a book with a unique story to tell.
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If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize there are more important things than what people do all day.
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51 Awesome Webcomics The Eisners Have Completely Failed To Recognize




Eisner noms aside, this is a great list of - I’ve read a few! As long as AG is on your lists- I’m happy :)

In the Eisners’ partial defense, I’m pretty sure a lot of these comics aren’t submitted to them with any regularity— and they need to be submitted to qualify. You can argue that’s a flaw in the system, but it does mean that not all the comics on this list were exactly snubbed. Still, it’s a great list.

I spent most of this list going “Mmhm that’s right!” and then other parts of the list clicking links for comics I haven’t read yet so now I have a bunch of new comics to read. But also, I’m so glad Melanie Gillman is nominated for an Eisner. Basically, this is a gateway to a bunch of great comics.

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