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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 in their own Works In Progress.

 

Principle Two: Chekov had a gun; Trelawney had a prophecy.

Being patient and letting a story unfold does not mean that a writer should hold back major […]

By | 2018-05-03T19:11:24+00:00 |The Writer’s Craft, Trends|Comments Off on Chekov’s Gun: More Lessons from the Harry Potter Series Principle Two: Chekov had a gun; Trelawney had a prophecy

Five Great Storytelling Lessons from Harry Potter Principle One: Plant the seeds early, but plant them loosely and let them grow

This year- and possibly for years to come – everyone will be talking about The Boy Who Lived and his son, Albus, the main protagonist of the new 2016 addition to the Harry Potter series. In anticipation of the (unexpected) new addition, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, I decided to re-read the entire series, all 3407 pages (in the Bloomsbury editions) spanning seven books. It’s hard to believe it’s been nineteen years since we first met Harry Potter, the wizard […]

By | 2018-05-03T19:11:37+00:00 |The Writer’s Craft, Trends|Comments Off on Five Great Storytelling Lessons from Harry Potter Principle One: Plant the seeds early, but plant them loosely and let them grow

Book Titles: Trends to Avoid Self-Publishing expert Morgana Gallaway tells us what to be wary of when naming our novel

There are three important elements of a novel. The story is only one of them. The other two are about connecting readers to that story: the cover, and the title.

Just as in fashion, book titles have trends.

Titles are a contentious subject for fiction writers; most publishing contracts have a clause stipulating that the author’s wishes will be considered, but the publisher has ultimate authority over what the book will be called. Unless you’re a mega best-seller with a lot of clout, […]

By | 2018-05-03T21:14:17+00:00 |Trends|Comments Off on Book Titles: Trends to Avoid Self-Publishing expert Morgana Gallaway tells us what to be wary of when naming our novel

A History of the Great Divide: Literature vs. Genre Fiction Breathing life into a post-modern Prometheus

literary coffeeI was once involved in a near knock down drag out fight that began with my assertion that John Irving’s The World According to Garp was a great piece of “literature.” The wine-swilling MFA fiction writer seated across from me at the bar took umbrage at the idea that Irving could possibly be considered “literature.” I then mentioned nobel prize winning author Cormac McCarthy, at which point I thought […]

By | 2018-05-03T20:57:27+00:00 |Trends|Comments Off on A History of the Great Divide: Literature vs. Genre Fiction Breathing life into a post-modern Prometheus

Coming Out of the Fanfiction Closet Part Two: But do the original authors approve?

This is part of a series on fanfiction. For the first entry, click here.

So you’re a famous author. You’ve written a series that’s captured the imaginations of millions of readers. You have fan clubs, a movie deal, hordes of Twitter followers, and high six-figure royalty advances. Then along comes some upstart fan who hijacks your creation, twisting the setting and characters you built so lovingly into their own plot.

It sounds like a grievous offense, one to […]

By | 2018-05-03T20:58:07+00:00 |Trends|Comments Off on Coming Out of the Fanfiction Closet Part Two: But do the original authors approve?

Coming Out of the Fanfiction Closet Part One: The fanfiction writer

Remember all the furor about E.L. James’s bestselling trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey and its unabashed origins in Twilight fanfiction? That series started a healthy debate among writers and fans alike about the concept of fanfiction. Some of us read it, others hate it, and then there’s a number of us (more than you might think) who actually write it. 

First off, what is fanfiction? Simply, it’s a story using a pre-existing setting and cast of characters, and can be […]

By | 2018-05-03T21:15:37+00:00 |Trends|Comments Off on Coming Out of the Fanfiction Closet Part One: The fanfiction writer