A fantastic post with great author photos and comments. It’s a quick read to gobble up with your coffee.
A comprehensive list with interesting tidbits. A wee bit long for me, but you can stop when you’re full:)
Pondering the Break Out Premise
that has enough power and personal meaning for the author to set her story on fire,
propel it like a rocket for hundreds of pages, or perhaps serve as a finish line:
an ending so necessary that every step of the journey burns to be taken.”
( Donald Maass, Writing the Breakout Novel, p. 35)
I’d like one of those, or two.
I’m thoroughly enjoying Maass’s book, Writing the Breakout Novel, but omg, he sets the bar so high I have to stop every few pages to prevent a panic attack and quell my rising sense of vertigo. But he’s right. Absolutely right. Great stories, and it doesn’t matter if they are genre or literary, change us in a fundamental way and they rest on a break out premise. A premise that captures the heart, mind and soul of the reader.
Back to the drawing board.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been thinking about.
Peter Osnos wrote an interesting article, In China, 25 Million People Use Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books, published in The Atlantic. That’s got to have an impact on writing. Interesting times…
Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful week full of grand stories and smiles.
Photos: top 2 Corel, bottom from article sited.