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Category Archives: Creative Writing

Dystopias and utopias

I was about to follow up my post about political fiction with one about dystopias. Then, I came across an excellent article about dystopian fiction by Tracy Larson. It’s well worth reading. I agree with her that “What if?” and believable character reactions are important considerations in creating a fictional dystopia. I would add one …

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So, you want to write a political novel…

Everyone is concerned about politics these days, so you might be thinking about writing a political novel. After all, 1984 topped bestsellers lists this year, and The Handmaid’s Tale was made into a hit series on Hulu. If you want to write a political novel, be careful. Agitprop makes for some horrible fiction.

An interview with Joannes Rhino

I was interviewed by Joannes Rhino about writer’s block, fiction, being a cubicle author, and more. Check it out here. http://www.sethlestath.com/matthew-arnold-stern/

Why you should post reviews

I admit that this post is self-serving. I want to encourage readers of my novel Amiga to post reviews of it on the Inkitt site. Inkitt uses reviews as part of their algorithm to select books to publish. If you’ve read Amiga and haven’t posted a review on Inkitt, please do so. And if you still need reasons to …

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Why you should read my new novels

I have two new novels that are free to read on Inkitt for a limited time. Even though these books are free, I still have to convince people to read them. And book marketing brings up all sort of bad memories of when I tried to ask girls to date me in high school. I …

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