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The Weird Week in Writing: Mark Twain's memoir, the new James Bond, and BEA (Plus, a special holiday prompt)


Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of
writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt):

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Victorians couldn’t handle it: Mark Twain left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs and a note—don’t publish for at least a century. Finally, the century is up, and we’ll be getting some new Twain.

If you missed Gone With the Wind scribe Margaret Mitchell’s first romance (written when she was 15): In the wake of the strange saga of the lost Booker Prize, The Huffington Post has ranked 12 Great Overlooked Books.

Publishing’s biggest event, Book Expo America, has come to a close: But not before Barbra Streisand discussed her passion for design, Bob Marley’s son played guitar to support his new memoir, and a slew of upcoming releases were promoted, from titles by Keith Richards to Sara Gruen. (And there’s also Jon Stewart’s BEA introduction for speaker Condoleezza Rice: "As for our next author, I'm not familiar with her work, but I've heard good things.")

A Yankee/James Bond’s Court: American author Jeffery Deaver is the new Ian Fleming.

He Listen Pretty:
David Sedaris brings you National Audiobook Month.

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WRITING PROMPT:
The Memorial
Feel

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You haven’t been back to the cemetery for years. But now you take a tiny flag, an apple, and another item out of your bag, and place them by the headstone. Then, you do what you always do when you’re here: you remember.

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Character Studies, Writing the Immigrant Experience, and Six Adaptation Steps Before You Adapt a Book (From Script)

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What Is Fan Fiction in Writing?

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5 Ways To Use Short Stories To Grow as a Writer

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Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Having an Online Presence

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Shirlene Obuobi: On Writing From Experience

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