A couple of things have me thinking about Donald Maass and his Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. First, Compromise With Sin just received a “very highly recommended” tag from Midwest Book Review, which follows a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. The opinions of both reviewers are read and trusted by booksellers, librarians, and readers. I … Continue reading Two Words for Novelists: Donald Maass
I am reading Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan, for two reasons: 1) the book blurb grabbed me, and 2) it’s my book club’s current selection. Ordinarily I wouldn’t write a blog post about a book until I’ve finished it, but I wanted to share a most exquisite passage, just a piece of a moving … Continue reading A Most Exquisite Scene
Faced with so many blogs and web sites for writers and readers, how do you choose? I’ll try to help. From time to time I’ll give y’all links to sites and specific posts. Sharon Scarborough introduced me to the blog Writer Unboxed where Donald Maass, one of my favorite writing gurus, is one of many regular contributors. … Continue reading Links for Writers v1.0 May 2017
Villains get the best scenes, & heroes are boring, says Bob Mondello, NPR movie critic. My thanks to Sharon Scarborough for suggesting his take on the subject. One of my earliest memories of villains is the wolf who tricked Little Red Riding Hood. I guess I’ve been drawn to villains in charming disguise ever since. It … Continue reading What Makes a Memorable Villain?