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Bring up the bodies: digging up the dead in literature

You don’t need zombies or ghosts to chill the blood. <b>Moira Redmond</b> digs up some of literature’s most gruesome graveyard scenes<p>However depressing the thud of earth on the coffin-lid may be, it is music compared to the rattle of gravel and thump of spades which heralds a premature and unreverend …

Guy Gavriel Kay: ‘I learned a lot about false starts from JRR Tolkien’

Steeped in Arthurian myth and legend, lyrically written and masterfully pulled off, the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy is one of the classics of modern fantasy literature. This month, it celebrates 30 years since publication. Thirty years in print, with translations into more than 25 foreign …

How To Be Good At Writing Bad Characters

<i>By Writer's Relief staff:</i><p>Are you ready for the most despicable, evil, heartless character you’ve ever met? Wonderful! You’re ready to write your story’s antagonist.<p>Once you’ve decided on your perfect protagonist—someone everyone will love and root for; someone inherently noble and willing to risk …

Who Says You Can’t Quantify Literature?

Figuratively Speaking<p>The longest novels, the shortest stories, the number of kisses in Jane Austen’s novels—the wizards at Cartridge Discount have …

Magic Swords! King Arthur, Aragorn, and Joan of Arc - Unbound Worlds

The magical or legendary sword is a common motif in myths, legends, and fiction. Regardless of the way that it is acquired – be it found, gifted, …

9 Tips for Dealing with the Emotions When Writing a Memoir

Writing a memoir is much like going through your trunk of family treasures and keepsakes. At times the memories may be fuzzy, just like the ink on the pages of that 70-year-old journal your great-grandmother kept. Sometimes the memories may be painful, much like the ring your father gave you before …

Baddies in books: Captain Ahab, the obsessive, revenge-driven nihilist

Herman Melville’s baleful creation is the most dangerous of villains, foreshadowing the dictators of the 20th century<br>• Sauron: literature’s ultimate source of evil <br>• Humbert Humbert: the most seductive villain in fiction<p>The villain in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick isn’t the monstrous White Whale, but …

6 Of The Best Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers

I've been reading some advice from successful writers lately and exploring what their routines are like to see what I can learn about them.<p>Here are six of the most common pieces of advice I came across that have helped me a lot improving my writing here at Buffer.<p>It also features actionable tips …

The Best Quotes About Writing From Literature Laureates’ Nobel Prize Speeches

As Alice Munro’s daughter is in Stockholm today collecting her mother’s Nobel Prize for Literature — there won’t be a speech; the frail Munro …

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and …

Seven Tips From F. Scott Fitzgerald on How to Write Fiction

F. Scott Fitzgerald is often portrayed as a natural-born writer. "His talent," says Ernest Hemingway in <i>A Moveable Feast</i>, "was as natural as the …