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What Jack Reacher Taught Me about Writing

Confession: My name is Elle—serious novelist and book snob—and I read Jack Reacher thrillers. After finishing the latest (22nd!) Jack Reacher book, I wrote my own. Well, not exactly. Let’s leave that business to the master, Lee Child, who created the iconic Jack Reacher character. What I’ve written would be considered a parody of Jack…

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Writers Who Got in Trouble for Writing

This summer, I have become fascinated by a true crime story that is 17 years old. Thanks to a couple of podcasts and a Netflix docuseries, I stayed up nights thinking about a novelist who was on trial for the murder of his wife. This is the story of Michael and Kathleen Peterson. Now, I am…

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How to Teach Super Powers to Young Writers

During high school, I craved any creative outlet. While some of my schoolmates wrote dark poetry and song lyrics in between classes, I would come home and draft my own episodes of The X-Files, my favorite show in the 90s. I even researched how to format screenplays. No, Chris Carter never saw my amateur attempts…

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How “Wonder” Breaks the Rules So Good

When I saw Wonder at the cinemas, I started crying as soon as the mother dropped Auggie off for his first day of school. From that point on, the tears came about every 10 minutes. Before I could leave the darkness of the theater, I had to rub my face and suck it up as best…

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Must-know Irish Sayings + Free St. Pat’s Bookmark

When I was writing Angel of Eventide, in which the main protagonist is Irish, I used words and sayings I heard during my visits to County Clare and Limerick. Below are some of my favorites. But first… St. Pat’s Bookmark As colorful as Irish curses can be, so Irish blessings can be the most eloquent and…

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