Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Taking tips from the series finale of Mad Men.
Taking lessons, the positive and the negative, from movies and TV.
To keep readers reading, stir their curiosity. Make them have to turn the page. Give them unanswered questions and make them have to know the answers.
A reminder of the power of story to take us where we’ve never been, to make us into people we can only imagine.
Fiction can be sterile and bland and seemingly perfect, but sterile stories don’t engage the reader. Be encouraged to bypass the safe and sterile and instead write engrossing stories.
Some lament the seeming death of fiction—but maybe readers simply aren’t reading because writers aren’t creating stories that readers can enjoy. A reminder and an argument to write for the reader.
Fiction can become real for readers. A look at how The Princess Bride combined narration with showing and captured not only a little boy’s attention, but the attention of a wide audience.
Writers have dual sides to their creativity. Both freewheeling Creative Genius and stern Editing Witch are necessary for the crafting of quality fiction and entertaining novels.