January, 2010

how I discovered that a writing coach can be helpful

I’m writing a supernatural thriller called THE DECADENTS. It’s a bit different from my previously published novels. It’s a book I’ve been carrying around in my head for a long time. I’m a little afraid to write it. So I did something I’ve never done before: I hired a writing coach. Her name is Rachel,…

Jan 6, 2010 · 2 Comments / ADD YOURS

conflict, change, loglines and novel ‘hooks’: talking about the heart of your story

1 In articles and books on writing fiction, we have a tendency to isolate the elements from each other and talk about them as if they’re independent entities: this is how you make a plot, this is how you build a character, this is what a theme is, these are the different kinds of conflicts,…

Jan 5, 2010 · 16 Comments / ADD YOURS

Tyler Durden’s Rules for Writing in the Zone: Conclusion & Takeaway

1 The concept of “flow” was first introduced by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. In his studies on happiness and creativity, he noticed that people tend to have their most fulfilling experiences through work (instead of controlled leisure time). “Flow is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she…

Jan 4, 2010 · 8 Comments / ADD YOURS

Tyler Durden’s Rules for Writing in the Zone, part 4 (of 5)

“someday you will die and until you know that you are useless to me” Death can be a teacher and an ally. When you become aware – truly aware – of your own impending death, it wakes you up to the gift of your life.  Every moment takes on a new importance.  You learn to…

Jan 1, 2010 · 8 Comments / ADD YOURS