It is just me, or does everyone want a toned middle? No, sillies, not that middle – this isn't a fitness blog – the middle of your book! Now, as a writer, your
Meander, Spiral, Explode might be my new bible. But before I get into why, I'll confess: I'm a structure nerd. It wasn't always this way. When I first started writing fiction (which followed on the
I spend a lot of time reading children's books these days. And now that my older son is a toddler, he has very strong opinions about what books he'll sit still for—gone are
How many drafts of a story, or essay, or book, do you write before it feels “done”? Ten, twenty, fifty, one-hundred story drafts? More? One of the things that I find surprises the
Of all the craft elements out there when it comes to writing, the one that gets the least love--perhaps because it's the least glamourous--is learning the read like a writer. But the truth is,
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