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Writers Ask: Enter Me, Muse!

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What role does academic criticism play for a writer of fiction? Should you outline a novel before starting to write? And how and when should you ask for book blurbs? Plus: Tom finally learns what the word “potluck” means, and Mike tells you how to invite the writerly muse into your soul.

Have you got questions for us? Send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter (we’re @Book_Fight). We’re also happy to entertain arguments, if you think we’re getting something wrong: send us a note, or just leave one in the comments.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on the site, or you can check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe to the show and never miss another episode. Actually, we should give a special shoutout this week to Apple, specifically the people at the Philadelphia Apple Store Genius Bar, who managed to fix Mike’s hard drive and keep us from losing several episodes we’d recorded but yet to post. That could have been a real disaster.

Thanks for listening! And please take a sec to visit our sponsor, Powell’s Books. If you use any of the buttons on our site to get to theirs, a percentage of every dollar you spend will come back to us, and help support the show. You can also donate to us directly, and in exchange we’ll write you a blurb, elevating you into literary immorality (or at least amusing you for a little while).

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Author: mikeingram25

writer, editor

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