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Are books software?

They are now. But I’d argue that they were the original software: they help you learn things and skills, they are communication tools and they are easily reproducible. And now they actually are software, as digital files. I’ve been thinking about this because I’m teaching, with two others, a launchpad class of twelve software startups, […]

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Crows and triggers

I’ve been searching for an action point in my novel to move it towards a climax. A trigger of sorts. Today, while walking (actually more like slogging through the slush) it came to me as an image. I’m introducing a lot of crows to the scene. We have a flock here in the city that […]

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The art of ending, novels and paintings

I’m almost done with my novel but I’m stuck on how to end it. This appears to be a fairly common problem with writers in general but it is still frustrating. I’ve gone through my bookshelf looking at endings by authors I respect. A surprising number of them abruptly kill off a main character: Gatsby, […]

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