Finding the Angle

When my son laments the five paragraph essay he was assigned in school today, I remind him of this simple fact: YOU have the power to make writing fun.   Or tragic.  Or racy.  (Okay, if you’re writing an essay for World Geography, you might want to steer away from racy.)  It’s possible to write … Read more

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

Rotten Rejections

I stumbled upon the following gems while attempting to gather statistics (via the internet) on what percentage of books get picked up by agents, but are never sold to publishers.  I have a novel currently on submission (via my agent Weronika Janczuk), and I was (somewhat morbidly) curious about just how bad my odds of … Read more