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The Legend of the Ghost Writers

(A parody of Stan Jones's "Ghost Riders in the Sky" I wrote back when I worked as a college writing tutor) A student was a'writing up His homework one fine day He did a really half-assed job So he could go and play When all at once, a red-pen wielding Phantom horde he saw They snatched his essay from his hands And sniffed out every flaw Their hands were stained with crimson ink Their faces dark with rage They gnashed their teeth and hollered As they read through every page A bolt of fear went through him As he saw his free time die He saw the writers working hard And he heard their angry cry Yippee oy vey Yippee oh nooooo Ghost writers make you cry Yippee oy vey Yippee oh nooooo Ghost writer...
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Facts, Fiction, & Fandom: Harnessing Geek Power to Research Your Books

There's a saying about writing historical fiction that I'm rather fond of - "you can make a lot of stuff up, but Lincoln has to be tall." In this day and age, information is easier to get a hold of than ever before, and that can be a tremendous benefit to us novelists. However, that also means it's easier to catch us red-handed if we don't do our research. And in the age of the internet, you can be sure our sin will be found out. Yeah, our job as writers is to be a storyteller above all else, and I certainly believe in dramatic license. However, that's not an excuse for us to not put any effort into researching whatever it is we're writing about. Nothing can replace the traditional approach ...
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