The Authentic Electic

Fiction Research: How Far is Too Far?

A cautionary tale from the life of Truman Capote.

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Some novelists have, in the course of their careers, reached a terrifying and occasionally impassible point when they realise they have nothing left to say. I’m not talking about writer’s block. I’m talking about the inability to write or even get fired up…




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Simon Dillon

Novelist and Short Story-ist. Film and Book Lover. If you cut me, I bleed celluloid and paper pulp. Blog:

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