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Writers Need Hobbies

Until an author gets published (and even afterward), I’m willing to bet that many of their friends, family, and acquaintances think their writing is just a hobby. After all, they have a real job to pay the bills, right? Even if they’re serious about getting published, beginning writers also may think of writing as something they only do on the side. They squeeze it into the “extra” hours of the day–on lunch breaks, early in the morning, late at night after […]

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Reading and Writing are Political Acts

So. Hi. We haven’t posted in a while. Pub Crawl is not a political website. We’re a website about reading, writing, and the publishing industry. But reading and writing are inherently political acts. Some people are urgently searching for something to do in the wake of the American presidential election, and one of the things I choose to do is embrace the political power of reading and writing. Reading I am committed to becoming a better listener. […]

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All You Need To Know About Sensitivity Reads

If you’re writing a story with a main or secondary character from a culture or identity different from your own chances are you might be considering using a Sensitivity Reader. So what is a Sensitivity Reader, and how do you know if you need one? Read on for some insight: What is a Sensitivity Reader? A sensitivity reader reads through a manuscript for issues of representation and for instances of bias on the page.  The […]

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Award Bias

It’s time once again for book award season, and as usual, there is much discussion about snubs, surprise nominations, and familiar faces appearing on these lists. As most of us would agree, taste is subjective, and one person’s gem can easily be another person’s flop. I know I’ve definitely questioned the presence/absence of more than one title over the years on the awards circuit, and have been disappointed when a favourite title just doesn’t seem […]

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Creating Character Voice

Hi PubCrawlers! Julie here, and today I want to talk a bit about Character Voice—that is, the pattern of thought and speech that is unique to each character. A strong and distinct voice will help bring a character to life on the page. I want to be clear in differentiating Character Voice from Writer’s Voice, or the voice you as a writer bring to your stories. JJ and Kelly have a great podcast about Writer’s […]

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