Archive for 2013

  • Love, Luba, Lief — and a Man Named Valentinus

    February 14th, 2013 | Valentine's Day | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    The man named Valentinus (which comes from the Latin valens, meaning “powerful, brave, valiant”) was a martyred Christian of ancient Rome, about whom virtually nothing is known. His name does not appear in the earliest redaction of Christian martyrs (354 AD), and it was Pope Gelasius who first included Valentinus — or Saint Valentine, as […]

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  • In the Beginning of Your Story

    In the Beginning of Your Story

    February 7th, 2013 | Beginnings | journalpulp | No Comments

    Establish your setting early on. Give The When, The Where, The Weather — the overall tone — as John Steinbeck does so well in the beautiful opening of Of Mice and Men: A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green. The water […]

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  • Top Five Reasons Your Novel Will Succeed

    Top Five Reasons Your Novel Will Succeed

    February 1st, 2013 | How to write a novel | journalpulp | No Comments

    Here, in no particular order: 5. Your storyline is compelling You’ve created a sequence of events that progresses logically and purposefully and that culminates in climax. This sequence is called plot. The plot of a short story can (and probably should) involve just one single incident or main conflict. And conflict is clash. A clash […]

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  • Best First Sentence Contest: Winner Announced

    Best First Sentence Contest: Winner Announced

    January 29th, 2013 | Best First Sentence Contest | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Best first sentence for a novel about a modern-day prophet who does not believe in God  … And the winner is C-CAT: “Thank God for atheist cops,” she said with a wink to the cross-wearing parking attendant who had, quite reasonably, been persuaded to spare her. I chose this sentence first for its paradoxical nature and […]

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  • Happy Birthday, Lord Byron: 230-years-old

    January 22nd, 2013 | Lord Byron | journalpulp | No Comments

    George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, who later changed it to George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, English poet, towering personality, and leading figure in the Romantic movement, was born January 22, 1788. “A man of genius whose heart is perverted,” William Wordsworth called Lord Bryon. “The most vulgar-minded genius that ever produced a great […]

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  • Eyeball, Lackluster, Puking — and Other Words You Didn’t Know Shakespeare Invented

    January 22nd, 2013 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Of the nearly 18,000 written words in Shakespeare’s oeuvre, over 1,700 are seen for the first time in his works. This doesn’t necessarily mean he coined all those words — and in fact many of them most likely existed in other languages, like Latin, for a very long time before Shakespeare anglicized them. New words […]

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  • Best First Sentence Contest [UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED — WINNER ANNOUNCED]

    Best First Sentence Contest [UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED — WINNER ANNOUNCED]

    January 10th, 2013 | Best First Sentence Contest | journalpulp | 232 Comments

    UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED — WINNER ANNOUNCED HERE   The Journal Pulp is offering a $100.00 cash prize for the following: Best first sentence for a novel about a modern-day prophet who does not believe in God — who is neither left nor right, who preaches reason and the philomathic, concerning which things she’s almost psychopathic […]

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  • A Sucker For Good Packaging: Book Covers And Descriptions

    A Sucker For Good Packaging: Book Covers And Descriptions

    January 9th, 2013 | Book-selling | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    We’re all basically suckers for good packaging, aren’t we? And in the world of book-publishing and bookselling, nobody, agents and publicists included, actually reads much of anything. The sooner that writers accept this fact — and it is a difficult fact for writers to accept — the sooner writers will get serious about the whole […]

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