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Bookmark This: Get Inspired With 30 Haruki Murakami Quotes

The folks behind Thought Catalog have compiled a great roundup of quotes from acclaimed author Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird ChronicleNorwegian Wood

Bookmark This: Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Using Journalism Tricks

This week’s Bookmark This! features the acclaimed author Gabriel Garcia Marquez in an extended interview with the Paris Review. The Nobel Prize-winning author explains how his career in journalism shaped his fiction and gives interesting tips on how to incorporate journalistic style into the fantastical. 

Bookmark This: 35 Essential Short Story Collections

Flavorwire recently published their definitive list of the “35 Perfect Examples of the Art of The Short Story.” The feature includes an eclectic mix of classic choices like Anton Chekov and Ernest Hemingway and not-so-obvious newcomers like Kelly Lynch and Claire Vaye Watkins. Which short story collection do you think is missing from the list?

Bookmark This: 30 Writing Tips From The Masters

Stephen King believes in killing your darlings. George Orwell says if it's possible to cut a word out, always cut it. And Kurt Vonnegut says to start as close to the end as possible. When it comes to writing, we can all use a little bit of advice. BuzzFeed.com compiled a list of 30 invaluable nuggets of wisdom from our favorite writers. From Stephen King to Toni Morrison to Neil Gaiman, these quick hits will inspire you to keep going.

Bookmark This: Your Submission Checklist

 
If your New Year’s resolution was to finally submit your work, this week’s Bookmark This is for you. The Review Review breaks down what literary editors are really looking for when it comes to submissions. From writing a good cover letter to learning how to respond to a personal rejection, the essay is a great primer to read before taking that creative leap.
 
“You, of course, are a writer.

Bookmark This: What Books to Give “That Difficult/Particular Person” in Your Life

For the final Bookmark This of the year, the PEN Center USA staff selected books to give even the most discerning people. From your too-cheerful aunt to your male friend with relationship problems, they’ve got you covered. And don’t forget to chime in with your own humorous book ideas below. 

Bookmark This: Dinah Lenney on Taking Risks


This week’s Bookmark features an essay from the Bennington Writing Seminar’s faculty blog “From the Vortex” by author Dinah Lenney tackling the age old question, “Why do we write?” In her thoughtful essay titled "Singing Lessons," the creative nonfiction author writes about the sometimes safe choices we make when writing, only sticking to what we know, never taking a risk.