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Writing about your life is also about coming to a fresh understanding of it at an age when you probably think you know yourself pretty well. Novelist Stephen King has said, “I write to find out what I think.” He means that until you set an experience down on paper,...read more
I’m going to be teaching a two week course here at Savvy Authors in August about Beginning Pages, so I’ve been thinking a lot about first lines. Stephen King had something to say about the magnitude of a novel’s first line. “An opening line should invite the reader to...read more
Think back to high school—I know, it’s a painful journey, but I promise we won’t stay long—and the books we were assigned to read, discuss, and evaluate. Think about the classics of American literature, from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Aldous Huxley. Think back to the...read more
Group projects, from short story or novella anthologies through to continuing series pose challenges as well as offering great rewards. This article presents key planning elements and how to approach a group project to make the experience work positively for...read more
Starting August 8, 2016, I’ll be teaching a month-long class at Savvy Authors called “Writing Believable Police Heroes,” based on interviews I did with a number of senior officers with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office in Spartanburg, SC. This 300-man department...read more
I am a Workaholic Slacker. Contradiction in terms? I think not. Those of you who are both workaholics and slackers will know exactly what I mean. I think one of the hallmarks of the Workaholic Slacker is the ability to appear lost in a frantic storm of activity but...read more