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My favorite five: Movies about print journalism (fiction)

Newspaper and magazine journalists are often at the center of fictional stories as well as true ones. They certainly are at the heart of my novels. These are five of the best movies about print journalism with fictional stories, even if they […]

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Monday procrastination roundup: Before ‘Tiger King’

I knew about Joe Exotic’s big cat sanctuary long before Netflix featured him in a docuseries (one of their lesser crime docs, in my opinion) called Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. At various points in my life, I’ve lived within 140 […]

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The writer life: To plot, or not to plot?

Few issues are as divisive among novelists as deciding whether ’tis nobler to suffer through an outline or to attack the blank page without a plan. Unlike some aspects of the craft and process of writing, analyzing the propensity of mega bestsellers […]

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My favorite five: Movies about print journalism (true stories)

I set out this week to list my favorite five journalism movies. I soon realized I would have to change five to 25. So, I parsed the list. Then I parsed it again. As a result, this list includes only movies that […]

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Guest post: Author Andrew J Brandt

I think Stephen King said it best in On Writing when he likened writing novels to digging up dinosaur bones. Sometimes you only find a hipbone and you have to craft a story around that little bit of imagination. Other times, it […]

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Monday procrastination roundup: And the winner is …

Two of the biggest sets of crime writing awards were announced last week. On Monday, the Mystery Writers of America announced the 2020 Edgar Awards on Twitter and posted videos from the winners. The Edgars are named for Edgar Allan Poe and […]

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The writer life: Impostor syndrome

Am I a real writer? It’s a question that seems to nag most of us. The answer, of course, is if you’re writing. Anything. For anyone, including yourself. A writer is one who writes, with our without expectations. Then many of us […]

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King, Grisham tout importance of independent bookstores

Stephen King called independent booksellers “the intellectual lifeblood of America” on Wednesday during a live video discussion with John Grisham. The free event, hosted on King’s YouTube channel with suggested donations going to the Bookseller Industry Charitable Foundation, was a wide-ranging conversation […]

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