Three Disasters and an Ending

Forget all that stuff they tell you at Writing Conferences about character arc, point of view, and pacing. The REAL secret to writing a story that people want to read is this: Three disasters and an ending. Whenever I find myself struggling with a scene that isn’t up to snuff, I try to take a … Read more

Bestsellers, Broomsticks and Backpacks

Right up until the last chapter of the last book, I wanted to see Petunia Dursley come out of the closet — the Nimbus 2000 broom closet, that is.  I have this sneaking suspicion that she’s a witch, albeit a weak one.  There are numerous teasers in the life and times of Harry Potter that … Read more

The Idiot’s Guide to Writer Workshops

As Joe Konrath loves to point out, “There’s a word for a writer who never gives up…published.” As an aspiring writer, everyone has something to tell you, some advice to give you, some secret to success, but I think Joe’s understated counsel is as good as it gets: Don’t give up. I have one more … Read more