One of the issues that comes up frequently with my clients and students, especially those who have been working on a particular project for a long time, is “How do I know when it’s done?”
War of the Roses, Warren Adler - The recent launch of It’s Over Easy sent a steady stream of emails my way with the following question: What does the author of The War of the Roses have to say about quickie divorces online?
by Gregg Hurwitz Readers often ask me, “How did you come up with Evan Smoak?” It’s always tough to say... View Article
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We Are Holding the President Hostage, Warren Adler - I have long been a fan of Mario Puzo’s 'The Godfather.'
All well-written stories have a compelling shape. Think of story shape as the underlying form or structure of a piece, often called the story plot. Some writers envision story shape like a pyramid, hourglass, stack of blocks, or a line graph. I like to imagine the tale as a lump of clay which takes on human form and meaning in the hands of a skilled writer.There are nine essential parts of a story:
The Art of Remember, Warren Adler - Even if you don't consider yourself a writer, there is something about this practice of reflection that we can all hopefully benefit from.
Writing Insights, Lynn Slaughter, Page Street author: It was the end of a long critique session when one of my MFA instructors at Seton Hill University had us go around the table and share our journeys as writers
The memoir lesson of 2017 leaps out at us from Annie Proulx's acceptance speech last week at the National Book Awards ceremony.