Ever wonder what makes a book catch fire? What makes a book impossible to put down?
I found this gem of an essay on storytelling with an unlikely title, The Dance of … Continue reading >>
You wrote a book!
You want it published! Now!
Congratulations! I've felt that same excitement. However, I urge you to resist that impulse to self-publish right away.
I know you're excited and, … Continue reading >>
I'll never forget the time a line of dialogue in a Nancy Drew book that ended ...Nancy pontificated. I laughed out loud. Everyone knows Nancy Drew has strong opinions. She's always … Continue reading >>
“Fiction is supposed to be, forgive me, less shitty than life. Better than life. It is supposed to make more sense than life. That’s one of the reasons we read, one of the reasons we write. We want … Continue reading >>
How much research does a writer need to do while they're actively writing? Won't it slow down the writing process?
Research while plotting
An interview in "The Big Thrill" with thriller author … Continue reading >>
Helen Peppe's memoir, Pigs Can't Swim, is a pinnacle of family dysfunction: funny, heart wrenching, stupefying and sometimes infuriating. Her parents' insistence on nonsensical rules, old wive's tales … Continue reading >>