April 6, 2020

3 Ways in which novels and screenplays are similar

  Michael Ferris, a former Hollywood Lit Manager, now helps writers get their foot in the door. He has a great post, “7 Ways Writing a Screenplay Is Different than Writing a Novel.” In the middle of his presentation, Ferris elucidates helpful points for fiction writers. He says, On the physical pages of the script, […]

Authors, Engage Readers with QR Codes

Emily Craven, guest blogger at The Creative Penn, has an excellent article on how authors can use QR codes to engage readers. QR codes are free to generate, and they can direct a smart phone user to any website or media link, such as a YouTube video, a donation page, or a discount coupon. The […]

Keeping a Character’s Internal Narrative Congruent with Reality

Livia Blackburne has posted “7 Reasons Agents Stop Reading Your First Chapter” on Writer’s Digest website. Read the other six reasons. I want to comment on item 7, because I have encountered this more than a few times: 7. Unrealistic internal narrative: Make sure a character’s internal narrative—what the character is thinking or feeling—matches up […]

Probe for Character Development in Nonfiction Books

Meena Thiruvengadam offers insight into how three journalists turned their beats into books. Of these, Kristen Grind story provides insight for non-journalists. Grind covered Washington Mutual for about six months before it failed on September 25, 2008, when regulators seized assets. Her book, The Lost Bank, details the biggest bank failure in U.S. history. Grind […]