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January 4, 2017
Write what you know

What Do I Know?
One author's take on an old adage

By J.S. Anderson “Write what you know.” For years I struggled with this common little sliver of advice. What did I know? I was not a detective or former prosecutor. I was not a physician or politician or Olympian or scholar of history. What I knew well was […]
December 28, 2016

The Blackbird and Hemingway
Reflections on the nature and nurture of words

by J.S. Anderson In the city that draws the eye up, ever up, mine were on the commanding Beaux-Arts façade of the New York Public Library. I nearly missed the series of bronze plaques set into the sidewalk on East 41st Street, right there under my feet. I […]
December 21, 2016

Everyone Needs an Editor: A Final Lesson from the Harry Potter Series
Principle Five: All good writing needs good editing.

By Jane Ryder with Beth Jusino. “So why couldn’t Malfoy have brought that necklace into the school?” “Oh, Harry, not that again…” Many readers, myself included, echoed Hermione Grangers’ frustration at that point in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. For the past few weeks we have been […]
December 14, 2016

A World to Remember: More Lessons from the Harry Potter Series
Principle Four: Create a world the reader will remember.

This blog is part of the Storytelling lessons from Harry Potter series. For part one, click here. For part two, click here. For part three, click here. Diagon Alley. The Quidditch World Cup.The Chamber of Secrets. The Cupboard Under the Stairs. Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. These were not places that existed in […]
December 7, 2016

Heroes Have Hormones: More Lessons from the Harry Potter Series
Principle Three: perfect heroes are uninteresting ones.

This blog is part of the Storytelling lessons from Harry Potter series. For part one, click here. For part two, click here. It’s Harry Potter time here at The Editorial Department, and in honor of the release of the newest addition to the series, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, we’re […]
November 30, 2016

Chekov’s Gun: More Lessons from the Harry Potter Series
Principle Two: Chekov had a gun; Trelawney had a prophecy

This blog is part of a series. For part one, click here. This week we’re talking about Harry Potter. No, not the much-anticipated book that’s releasing next week (although I, for one, already preordered it.) We’re talking about the books that started it all, and the lessons that authors can apply […]