Why do some writers torture themselves with procrastination? Some writers fear failure, and you can’t fail at something you aren’t doing. But not writing at all is also a failure, so then guilt sets … Continue reading >>
Through a tweet or post somewhere, I stumbled on The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, by agent and author, Evan Marshall: “By following this 16-step program, any writer can fulfill the dream of … Continue reading >>
If you like dark stories with flawed narrators who go to frightening extremes, Bad Marie, by Marcy Dermansky is for you. As a writer, I learned much from studying the main character, Marie.
After … Continue reading >>
A hook encapsulates a book in one electrifying sentence. It will grab the attention of agents, editors, publishers, bookstore managers and clerks, bloggers, journalists, reviewers and readers. So how … Continue reading >>
In my novel, the narrator’s mother has a “fabulous plastic hoopla" where the saleslady extols the virtues of Tupperware to fawning women drinking vodka-spiked punch with a scum-like foam … Continue reading >>
Endings. They're not easy. My agent mentioned she thought my novel might need an additional scene at the end to “round things out,” which started me questioning things. Even though I liked the ending … Continue reading >>