Dan Brown’s 20 worst sentences

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Books, writers

dan-brown Sometimes it makes me sad to realize that there are a lot of good authors out there that don’t get publishing contracts. In which case, certain other authors can get you downright depressed. You just have to laugh, I guess, to help stay sane. I refer to The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s 20 worst sentences.

Dear Mr. Brown,

I thought I’d drop you a quick little note — just a helpful little clarification that I thought you might like to receive, from one writer to another. Here it is:


Linden MacIntyre takes home the Giller

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Books

The 2009 Giller Prize was announced in Toronto last night — this year’s winner is CBC Fifth Estate journalist Linden MacIntyre.

BishopsMan Set in a tight-knit fishing community on the western shore of Cape Breton Island, The Bishop’s Man is told from the perspective of a conflicted priest whose role in the church is to cover up instances of sexual abuse. The book draws on the same milieu and many of the same characters that populated MacIntyre’s previous novel, The Long Stretch, published in 1999. (via Quill & Quire)


Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight rules for writing fiction

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Links, Writing Tips

Kurt Vonnegut has 8 rules for writing fiction. Some of these are counter-intuitive, but are great bits of advice.



   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Uncategorized

“Call me ‘Scil’,” she offered. “Short for ‘Priscilla’. My mother had a thing for pretentious names, and I was never much of a ‘Priscilla’.”


The Writer’s Food Pyramid

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Writing Life

Spotted this online — original source not cited.

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