Four Doors into a Book

Readers can prefer plot, character, setting, or language as doors to a book. Open as many doors widely as you can.
Readers enter a book in four ways: plot, character, setting, and language

A while back, I read an article suggesting that readers come to a book through four doors: plot, character, setting, and language. Any door can be more or less open, and different readers will prefer different routes. A book that appeals to a lot of readers probably has several door opened more widely. Continue reading “Four Doors into a Book”

Recent reads–Adult fiction, Adult speculative fiction, YA speculative fiction

Recent reads

Adult fiction

The Ghostwriter
Alessandra Torre
The central character in this book is a writer who’s been given three months to live and decides to hire a ghost writer to help her tell the story of some mysterious event over which she’s agonizing. She doesn’t want the book published until after she dies, so there’s nice word play on “ghost writer.” The characterization was strong. The central character is unlikeable but we come to understand her, and I, at least, sympathized. There are also interesting comments on writing and being a writer. Continue reading “Recent reads–Adult fiction, Adult speculative fiction, YA speculative fiction”

The Problems of Writing Sequels

writing, sequels, series
Some stories need sequels

I’m currently writing a sequel to The Wind Reader, the book coming out from Inspired Quill in September, so I’ve been thinking about sequels and wondering what makes a good one.

Specifically, two questions arise, one having to do with the outer arc of plot and other with the inner arc of character development. Continue reading “The Problems of Writing Sequels”