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Amy Reichert

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A traditional component of classical beauty is symmetry. Think about the roman arches, the Eiffel Tower, or the face of Audrey Hepburn. All of these have symmet...
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Making Theme Matter

Spoiler Alert: This article will use some sentences from the last page of the novel. While this won’t tell you how things happen, it will reveal the final...
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Pacing Perfection

A common piece of advice when writing is to hook or grab your reader’s attention immediately in your first chapter, or first page. Many writers interpret ...
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The Perks of Perspective

I have mixed feelings about novels written from the first person point of view. It seems 90 percent of the books I read these days use first person. Sure, it ad...
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Playing with Expectation

When I started reading Julie and Romeo by Jeanne Ray, I planned to discuss retellings as a fun approach to plotting a novel. The novel plays with Romeo and Juli...
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Fun is in the Details

I like quirky things. Quirky books, quirky songs, quirky rings, quirky people, the word quirky. I was into Star Trek way before it was cool to be a nerd (just a...
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Why I do this?

Sometimes, you pick up the right book at the right time, almost as if an angel set it atop the to-read pile as a special message just for you. So, dear reader, ...
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Revealing the Puzzle Pieces

Before diving in, a bit of housekeeping. I don’t intend for these columns to serve as reviews, though in this case, I do highly recommend all of Cassandra...
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Ryan Gosling’s Abs

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my book to be. I know, it seems a little late to dwell on that, but I am. “Well, Amy, it’s a romant...