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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

Romance: More Than a Formula TED’s Lindsay Guzzardo tells us why romance novels are more than just fluff

Romance novels get a bad rap. They’re not taken seriously. Some of it (okay, most of it) has to do with the formula.

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The formulaic covers, titles, and premises. Covers featuring busty heroines embraced by bulgingly-muscled heroes, and never quite enough fabric to cover everything. Titles like The Sheikh’s Impatient Virgin and Hide and Sheikh (sheikhs were very big a couple years ago). And premises involving marriages of convenience and […]

By | 2018-05-03T19:12:50+00:00 |LG, The Writer’s Craft, Trends|Comments Off on Romance: More Than a Formula TED’s Lindsay Guzzardo tells us why romance novels are more than just fluff

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin A “first 50” review

George R.R.Martin’s A Game of Thrones turns 20 this month! In honor of twenty years in print, and a hugely successful twenty years at that, here’s a breakdown of the first 50 pages of the book that started it all.

Aside from the prologue, the first 50 pages of ‘A Game of Thrones’ is divided into five chapters, each written from the point of view of one of the novel’s main characters. While shifting POV can occasionally lead to confusion, giving […]

By | 2018-05-03T20:57:43+00:00 |Book Reviews and Analysis, SR, Trends|Comments Off on A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin A “first 50” review

Is Your Book a Movie? (Part 2) A crash course in book-to-screen adaptation

This blog is part of a series. To see Part 1 and find out what Hollywood wants your story to have, please click here.

Is your book a movie? Should it be? How do you get from here to there-and what’s in it for you? Fasten your seat-belt, and let’s rip through this…

TED’s Director of Development, John Robert Marlow, presents a crash course in determining if your novel has cinematic potential.

 

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By | 2018-05-03T19:02:44+00:00 |JRM, Screenwriting & Screenplay Adaptation, Trends|Comments Off on Is Your Book a Movie? (Part 2) A crash course in book-to-screen adaptation