LitStaff Picks: Our Favorite Literary Bastards

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Some characters just aren’t nice. But, that, we feel, is sort of the point. In a well written novel, there should be characters you love to hate. These aren’t necessarily meant to be the characters that are truly evil, or the ultimate villains. There are some characters that titillate the reading palate with their cynicism, [….]

10 Writing Rules Courtesy of a Few Literary Legends

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Here’s what you’ll get a lot of when you “travel” in the same social circles as other writers: advice. Some of it is invaluable. I have personal experience with this since I am blessed by the amazing critique group I’m in. Those folks, who I met whilst participating in an amazing Cat Rambo workshop, are [….]

Literary Board Games

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Flavorwire discovered the cure for the frigid winter temperatures when you’ve finished a great book and still aren’t keen to go outside: Literary Board Games. When it’s cold outside, book nerds tend to hibernate with their novels. But what about a bookish activity that’s also social (and indoors)? This week, the Paris Review pointed us [….]

LitStack Pick: The Lines We Wish We’d Written

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I have a favorite line, several in fact, that have become a part of my subconscious. Sometimes, I spit them out as advice, so often, in fact, that I forget where I read them. 124 was spiteful. That’s a favorite and it’s Toni Morrison. Like Stephen King, mentioned below, Morrison’s succulent opening line is a [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Plot Twists

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Spoilers ahead: Sirius Black was not, in fact, hellbent on killing Harry Potter in Prisoner of Azkaban. Oh and Aaron Stampler in Primal Fear? Well, let’s just say that there was far more behind his quiet stammer and poor-little-country-boy persona than he led us all to believe. Some plot twists we can see coming a [….]

10 Creative People Who Initially Failed

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Here at LitStack, we enjoy discussing those individuals who, by their persistence, became successful. These folks traveled bumpy roads, some even coming close to giving up, but eventually, through hard work and an absolute refusal to quit, made their dreams a reality. From legendary actors, to genius inventors, the following simply refused quit. We hope [….]

Stephen King: 'Shining' sequel is scheduled for a 2013 release

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Legendary horror author Stephen King’s sequel to his novel “The Shining” will be released next year and will be titled “Doctor Sleep.” According to the Los Angeles Times, “Sleep” is scheduled to hit bookstores sometime in 2013. The book will center on Danny, the son of unhinged writer Jack Torrance, who is now an adult. [….]

'Dark Tower' Movie: Russell Crowe May Star In Ron Howard's Stephen King Adaptation

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From THP: “The Dark Tower” may actually wind up being a movie. Ron Howard’s planned adaptation of Stephen King’s epic series hit the skids back in July of 2011 when Universal announced that it wouldn’t move forward with Howard’s crazy and ambitious plans to turn “Dark Tower” into three films with two television series components [….]

LitStaff Pick: Favorite 'Colorful' Books

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Good writers, if they know what they’re doing, paint pictures with the stories they tell. Theirs are the most vivid, the most abstract, and those visionary ideas, plots and characters leave indelible impressions on our memories. Sometimes you can even glean an idea of the worlds you are about to enter through the titles of [….]

Stephen King's New Novel 'Joyland' Revealed

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From The Huffington Post: Stephen King’s publishers have released details of his next book. Case Crime, the award-winning line of pulp-styled crime novels published by Titan Books, has said it will publish Joyland in June 2013. Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which [….]