Dennis Lehane

My Favorite Book of 2015

(for my wife, a huge Paul Newman fan) One of my jobs as a writer is to read. A lot. I’ve set a goal in the past few years of reading at least one book per week (audio books count) and I’ve succeeded. Yesterday I finished my 82nd book of 2015, according to my Goodreads …

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A Call for Beta Readers

http://www.clker.com/cliparts/5/2/8/0/12081853671253380741Selanit_Man_Reading_to_Cat.svg.hi.png All the experts seem to agree that the best way to find a beta reader for a nearly finished novel manuscript is to ask for interested volunteers. So here I am, asking for your help. My work in progress, a suspense novel I’ve titled “Castle Danger,” has reached the point where I’m seriously¬† preparing …

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My Favorite Book of 2014 (and 2013 and 2012)

(for my wife, a huge Paul Newman fan) One of my jobs as a writer is to read. A lot. I’ve set a goal in the past few years of reading at least one book per week (audio books count) and I’ve succeeded. Today I finished my 65th book of 2014, according to my Goodreads …

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A Top Ten Helpful Manuscript Editing Technique

Short post this time. I’m doing a piece by piece deconstruction of a novel I highly recommend as a great read, and now recommend as a useful learning vehicle for revising writing. The book is “Prayers for Rain” by Dennis Lehane. He’s the author of two other megabestsellers you might have read or recognize–“Mystic River” …

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