Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, and other famous writers narrate the funny pages.
Some NaNoWriMo tips from Mark Sample: Use foreshadowing to hint what’s to come. E.g., have the vampire say “I want to suck your blood” before he sucks blood. And: Add tension by making the gender of your narrator indeterminate. This works for race too. And age. And number of nipples.
Another (more serious) NaNo tip: write slowly.
“Simply rewrite a preexisting bestseller. Here’s one idea: “Hidden” in the painting of The Last Supper, all the plates are empty. Obviously, Jesus didn’t intend to die at all. Rather, he was planning an escape. Take a close look at the painting; dozens of conspiracies suggest themselves.” This and other tips on writing a bestselling novel by Flatmancrooked. Heh heh heh.
Cory Doctorow believes that teen novels should contain more teen sex and other mature themes.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject: Howard Jacobson’s top 10 tales of sexual jealousy.
“O darling (as we used to say)/You are wide-hipped and kind.” Who’s the poet: Jewel, Spock, or Yeats? Take the quiz.
Aaaand a pick-me-up to get you through the rest of your week. A really really good short story, via The Rumpus: