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Cafe Doom -- Ten Most Recent Posts

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21 Sep 2009 - Dan Brown's 20 worst sentences

Seems like the writing's not getting any better as the novels roll off the presses, but does it really matter? Are these observations just nitpicking? Do you agree with the critics, or do you have worse phrases in mind?

18 Sep 2009 - Online Writing Classes with Michael Knost

A note from Michael Knost I thought some might be interested in:

I teach a couple of writing classes every week in my hometown for a local college. I get a kick out of witnessing students experiencing Aha! Moments.

A few folks have asked me to offer classes online.


09 Sep 2009 - Cafe Doom's Fifth Annual Writing Competition Rules and info

This year’s fifth annual, free to enter, Cafedoom Writing Competition is looking like being the best ever, despite the generally gloomy economic outlook. Recession – what recession?

This year we’ve teamed up with James Beach of Dark Discoveries, and Matt Schwartz of Shocklines to offer a

07 Sep 2009 - Free issues of Black Static #12

Heard lots of good things about this mag, and right now there's an opportunity to get issue #12 for free, with no catches. Worth a looksee. Ask for your free copy by the end of this week and you'll get in on the premium mailing list, so you'll get it the week after, but if you leave i

20 Aug 2009 - Writing Rules

Thought these rules on writing might be, um, useful

From Backwoods Home magazine, which I reccomend

1. Avoid alliteration, always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid cliches like the plague (they're old hat).
4. Employ the vernacul
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