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"Flaubert's masterpiece is now considered a seminal work of Realism and one of the most influential novels ever written. In fact, the notable British-American critic James Wood writes in How Fiction Works: 'Flaubert established for good or ill, what most readers think of as modern realist narration, and his influence is almost too familiar to be visible'." Free Ebook:

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Ten rules for writing fiction

10 Rules for Writing Fiction. The Guardian asked writers to list their favorite rules


Write Fantasy Fiction in 5 Simple Steps (Hardcover)

A "how-to" creative writing series that focuses on specific genres includes in-depth treatments of various story genres, writing prompts, and quotes by established and popular writers and supports the

This is a great book for those who like historical fiction as well as contemporary stories about relationships. I never saw the ending coming!

Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish--Holocaust survivors living invented lives.


Is On Writing one of the All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books? TIME thinks so. Check it out.

Stephen King, "On Writing" and many of his other books and stories

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin


Bringing down the government.

It'd be an interesting twist...

Jude the Obscure - dark, depressing and brilliant - Hardy's masterpiece traces a poor stonemason's ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin. No Victorian institution is spared — marriage, religion, education — and the outrage following publication led the embittered author to renounce fiction. Modern critics hail this novel as a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought.

What Katy Did: A classic children's book published in 1872 and written by Susan Coolidge (the pen name of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey).

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How to Establish a Steady Freelance Writing Income

A big myth is that freelance writing or just freelancing in general is not a stable way to earn money in the long run. While it's true that there's no fixed salary and identical paychecks don't get deposited every two weeks, freelance writers can establish an income that is somewhat steady and quite reliable.


The Alchemist (Hardcover)

Favorite Book. I can't even say how many times I've read it...Ok 20

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30 inspirational quotes from fictional mentors and teachers (infographic)

Books are always the best source of inspiration. Here is another example that proves it. The infographic that collected life quotes from…

Peter The Great - Robert Massie. Massie is an amazing historical biographer. This book is addicting.

Clara & Mr. Tiffany, Susan Vreeland. 1893, at the Chicago World’s Fair, Tiffany makes his debut w/ innovative stained-glass windows. Behind the scenes is freethinking Clara Driscoll. Publicly unrecognized by Tiffany, Clara conceives & designs nearly all of the leaded-glass lamps for which he is remembered. Clara struggles w/ her desire for artistic recognition & the challenges of a professional woman. She also yearns for love. Tiffany does not hire married women & any who marry must resign.

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new Web and mobile app that publishes original short fiction by famous authors’ favorite protégés


Review/Film: Philadelphia; Tom Hanks as an AIDS Victim Who Fights the Establishment

Avatar. A crippled soldier takes his twin brothers place in an experimental project where their minds are put into alien bodies. The soldier gets close to the alien tribe he has entered and sees that they are truly harmless. He must choose between his human life or a new one. Fantastic!! One of the best movies I've seen.