Posts Tagged: Stephen King

John D. MacDonald…and Me

John D. MacDonald

This is the 100th anniversary year of the birth of John D. MacDonald, Florida’s favorite novelist. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (JDM’s hometown paper) asked a bunch of writers — Stephen King, Lee Child, Jeff Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Heather Graham, among others — to write short articles describing how MacDonald influenced them. Oh, the paper asked me,…

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Writing Tips — Put Your Butt in the Chair

writing tips from paul levine

Novelist Paul Levine has some writing tips. Why is “write what you know” bad advice? What does Stephen King say about rewriting? How does Paul find so much humor in court? And why does he pay homage to John D. MacDonald? Q: Paul, you frequently speak to aspiring authors. Any writing tips you want to…

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Best Books Ever…My List or Yours?

"Rabbit, Run" tops my best book list

By Paul Levine A “Best Books” list is inherently flawed.  Just as with “best teams” or “best movies” or “best pizza,” beauty is in the eye of the blogger. A meme has been spreading through Facebook — as memes are inclined to do — asking people to name the ten best books they’ve ever read….

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James Patterson: Writing the “Unputdownable” Novel

James Patterson

James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author, doesn’t do a lot of interviews, so when he does, writers of commercial fiction pay attention. Even if you’re not a fan of Patterson’s fast-paced thrillers, his concise suggestions in the current “Fast Company” are worth reading. James Patterson’s Rules In shorthand form, here are James Patterson’s rules for…

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