storytelling

Avoiding Narrator Intrusion

by Emilee Newman Bowles Hello, “dear reader” As a young English Lit  student, I laughed to myself when a story addressed the reader like this. It used to be common to tell the “dear reader” the moral of the story. These days it’s passé. Even if you know you should avoid speaking directly to the…

Organizations That Help Writers

Just a short post today with some resources you may find helpful in your search for critique partners, advice from writers further along the career path, or people who might review your book when it’s published. Writing organizations are a great way to network, find out about writing conferences, get feedback from others familiar with…

What Makes a Bestseller? Part 2

A Strong Premise: Your Story’s Hook by Sabine Berlin with Angela Eschler In part 1 of our articles defining “high concept” and what makes for a bestseller, we listed one requirement as a “hook that’s easy to describe.” Think of the hook  as the heart of your story: your fresh idea + the main conflict…