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Productive Research for Writers

As you may well know, just because you’re writing fiction, it doesn’t mean you make up absolutely everything. Successful fiction usually comes from the art of weaving reality with imagination. A good writer lures readers in with imaginative details, but makes them stay with believable plots and people – and a single content or contextual [...]

By | May 2nd, 2018|The Craft of Writing|5 Comments

How Suspense is Different in Cinema and Literature

Everybody loves to watch a good movie. The action, the characters, the setting, the special effects – they all come together in their own way to present this absorbing, extraordinary world in which everything seems possible. Like literature, most movies are designed to offer us important life lessons and to mimic and reflect on real-life [...]

By | April 30th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|1 Comment

The Pros and Cons of Joining a Writing Group

Writing can be a lonely task. As you sit by the light of your monitor and type away at a story, you have no idea if what you’re creating will be received as inspired genius or unmitigated drivel. One way to find out is to share your story with other people. Family and friends might [...]

By | April 18th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|8 Comments

Are There Only 7 Stories in the World?

Many academics, most notably author Christopher Booker, believe that there are only seven basic plot structures in all of storytelling – frameworks that are recycled again and again in fiction but populated by different settings, characters, and conflicts. Those seven plots are: Overcoming the Monster Rags to Riches The Quest Voyage and Return Rebirth Comedy [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|9 Comments

Guest Post: The 3 Steps to Writing Heaven

... or, Why Everything You’re Doing to Write More & Better is Wrong. Writing is hard. This is what we tell ourselves, over and over. Apply backside to chair. Force yourself to write. Don’t be tempted to do something more interesting. Writers write. This makes it tough for us mere humans, who feel guilt and [...]

By | April 11th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|5 Comments

Why Does Reading Make You a Better Writer?

The answer to the question of whether being an active reader will make you a better writer won’t be news to most authors – it’s advice we’ve all been given on many occasions. But why does reading make you a better writer? How much should you read if you want to get the most benefit? [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|6 Comments