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January 14, 2017

Recommended Reading: Word Play by Peter Farb
An enlightening study of language that's a gold mine for dialogue-conscious novelists

Word Play by Peter Farb may not have been written with novelists in mind, but it’s chock full of good insights for writers, especially on the topic of dialogue. You can get the book here. One chapter I find especially interesting is on verbal dueling. The author’s position is […]
January 11, 2017
make time for writing

Make Time for Writing
Thoughts on writing a novel without quitting the day job

Like most novelists, I have a day job. I’m fortunate that my everyday activities are centered around publishing: helping other writers get their books into print, working with beautiful words on interior and e-book design, chatting with authors about the crazy creative life. But most people don’t have […]
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 […]