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As many writers know, sometimes the hardest part of the job is coming up with an idea that you like. This is why it is really important to always keep an open eye and an open mind, because sometimes inspiration can arise in the most unexpected places. One of the places that I have found …

Donald Ray Pollock The heavenly table is one of the most delightfully twisted novels of the year, a race of terror through an early 20th century hillbilly hellish landscape that puts the family of a swindled kindhearted farmer on a collision course with three brothers in a wave of crimes. Pollock, whose previous novel, The …

Ariel bags Common Core State Standards and the state assessments designed to measure them demand increased critical reading and analytical writing from students, and I have noticed a shift from teachers and products designed to help teachers: i.e. the tendency to focus on development or adopt more complex writing prompts. While I understand the intent …