4 Steps to a Page-Turner


by Amy Maida Wadsworth

Forget the old adages you’ve heard: In a real race between a tortoise and a hare, the hare would win every time. It’s biology.

And what applies to biology applies to writing as well: no one wants to write at tortoise speed or produce a book that would make a tortoise yawn—especially when all the hares out there are rushing to compete for today’s readers (and their short attention spans).

In honor of the recent fantasy/scifi event Westercon (in Salt Lake City, where we had a booth—did you stop and say hi?), we’re going to share a little fiction-writing magic with you—a few steps to transfigure your fictional tortoise into a hare. Wands ready? [Read more...]