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Author Archives: Matthew Arnold Stern

Is there a right way to write a novel?

During Fun A Day Reseda 2019, I’ll take breaks from writing my new novel, Snow in Los Angeles, to share with you themes and other insights from writing this book. A question that often comes up among new writers on Twitter is, “Is there a right way to write a novel? Is it better to …

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My mom’s world

During Fun A Day Reseda 2019, I’ll take breaks from writing my new novel, Snow in Los Angeles, to share with you themes and other insights from writing this book. My mom would have turned 90 on Thursday. She was a teenager during World War II. She told me stories about what it was like …

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Using the past to understand the present

Fun A Day Reseda 2019 has begun! My project is a new novel, Snow in Los Angeles. During January, I’ll take breaks from writing to share with you themes and other insights from writing the book. It seems like a strange choice to write a novel set in the winter of 1948-1949 when there are more …

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1979 and 2019

As I look ahead to 2019, I also have to look back 40 years to 1979. That year started magically. My mom turned 50, I went to my prom, I was showered with awards by my high school, graduated as a valedictorian, and looked forward to going to UCLA. Then things took a horrible turn. …

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Technology that changed my life

This month marks two pieces of technology that changed my life: the word processor and my first computer.