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The Ploughshares Round-Down: Why Learning To Write Plot Matters

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A few years ago, my cousin was just about to graduate from a small state school with an English degree. He told me he wanted to be a writer. I had never read any of his writing, so I was unbelievably discouraging. Try a job in the real world,

The Ploughshares Round-Down: Should You Self-Publish Or Not?

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A few months ago, I met a self-publishing millionaire. In just eighteen months, she had gone from an underpaid office worker with a laid-off husband to a beloved romantic erotica writer pulling in $50,000 a month.  She was willing to entertain offers from a big publisher, though none were

Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge

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Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge Peter Orner Little, Brown and Co., August 2013 208 pages $25.00 This review was contributed by John Francisconi. The staff of The Paris Review recently took part in an AMA interview on Reddit, during which they were asked a question about flash fiction’s