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Entries by Mark Rubinstein from 01/2014

Your Brain on Books

| Posted 01.06.2014 | Books

I was fascinated by an article dated January 4, 2014 in the Science section of The Independent, a British newspaper. The article noted research done...

Character Is Destiny

| Posted 01.13.2014 | Books

People often talk about a novel being plot-driven or character-driven. For me, that can be an artificial distinction. For my taste, the best novels -- those that capture me and make me feel sorry the read is coming to an end -- are those driven by both.

The Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel

| Posted 01.21.2014 | Books

We know today, some popular writers employ a "formula" such as fast-pacing, short sentences and chapters, and simple language, hoping to achieve success. Would I, as a novelist, seriously consider changing the manner in which I write? The easy answer is: No.

Fear Is the Common Denominator

| Posted 01.28.2014 | Books

When it comes to fiction, the most frightening depictions are those describing events that could really happen. Those situations resonate deeply because, unlike paranormal experiences, they fall within the realm of possibility.