Dreaming a three-dimensional dream

We got home from our San Francisco trip yesterday evening to a notification from Lightning Source that the proof of my book had been shipped overnight UPS. You all know what that means, don’t you? Yes, you do. I will not be eating, breathing, or blinking today until the UPS… Read more“Dreaming a three-dimensional dream”

Hook, developing, climaxing

I’ve got my statues against the sky. —Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary HOOK Why do I want to read your novel? Throw it out there before I even ask. What’s in it for me? Because you’re a great storyteller. That’s the only reason that has ever mattered. And you can… Read more“Hook, developing, climaxing”

Linking to the Willesden Herald

No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put at just the right place. —Isaac Babel, “Guy de Maupassant” A convincing lie is, in its own way, a tiny, perfect narrative. —William Boyd, “A Short History of the Short Story” This week we’re linking to the… Read more“Linking to the Willesden Herald”

Pulp Rag: Planting a suspicion, revealing a glory

A week or so ago I posted an essay on hook-development-climax that was almost entirely quotes from great works. I quoted hooks. And I quoted climaxes. I would have quoted development, but my fingers got tired. I wanted you to see exactly what constitutes a hook (why it’s short!) and… Read more“<em>Pulp Rag:</em> Planting a suspicion, revealing a glory”

Pulp Rag: Hooking, developing, climaxing

I’ve got my statues against the sky. —Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary I’ve got a confession to make. When I wrote the last post, I was trying to write a basic review of plotting. I don’t know what happened. It was Friday. . . Read the full essay on Pulp… Read more“<em>Pulp Rag:</em> Hooking, developing, climaxing”