WRITERS BLOCK: Even Hemingway got stuck sometimes. How he got UNSTUCK, (and how YOU can)

from A Moveable Feast   Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going…   “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”   So finally IContinue reading “WRITERS BLOCK: Even Hemingway got stuck sometimes. How he got UNSTUCK, (and how YOU can)”

5 Vital Tips For Starting Your Blockbuster Story

1. Most of the input we get about writing a story comes from people who are traditionally published, and traditionally published people are going to agents. Agents are effing lazy. So if you don’t hook the agent or publisher on page 1 paragraph 1, they don’t read much farther. 2. That’s… a lot of pressureContinue reading “5 Vital Tips For Starting Your Blockbuster Story”

10 Things I Learned From J K Rowling, part 5 (conclusion)

your humble host First, Happy Thanksgiving! If you need some light reading, this week-long series about Harry Potter is just the thing. If not, you arrived just in time for the best part. (Check out part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4) So last night, I was reading Harry Potter on the couchContinue reading “10 Things I Learned From J K Rowling, part 5 (conclusion)”

10 Things I Learned From J K Rowling, Part 4

I had to make a long trip on an airplane recently, so I used it as an excuse to finally dig into Harry Potter and see what all the fuss was about. Is it great storytelling? (Part 1, part 2, part 3) Let’s look back on what we’ve learned so far. I got into thisContinue reading “10 Things I Learned From J K Rowling, Part 4”

10 Things I Learned From J K Rowling, Part 3

I’m reading Harry Potter and trying to see what all the fuss is about. Is it great storytelling? Part 1, Part 2) Chapter 3 and more There are erroneous ambiguities and some reactions before actions moments, which I hate (uncle Vernon had to wrestle Dudley to the ground to get the letter, which [the letter?]Continue reading “10 Things I Learned From J K Rowling, Part 3”

10 Things I learned from J K Rowling, Part 1

I’m reading Harry Potter in paperback, and I’m doing it for several reasons. (Aside from a few glimpses when my daughter was watching the DVDs, I have never seen more than 30 seconds of the Harry Potter movies nor read one word of any of the books.) First, I was curious to know what allContinue reading “10 Things I learned from J K Rowling, Part 1”