Tagged: fiction

The anatomy of a thriller

Dan Brown’s masterclass #takeawaykeys  1. The most important stones to build a perfect thriller are: world the sole dramatic question a hero a goal obstacles a moment when a hero concurred a villain 2. Think 3 C’s First C – The Contract That promise you are making with the reader (do NOT break it!) Second C – The crucible Something that holds things together and doesn’t let them escape (fill...

Book Review “In the Calyx”, Libre Paley 

“I want her to melt into me, like butter on toast. I want to absorb her and walk around for the rest of my days with her encased in my skin.” Sara Gruen 1. From Stefan (aka all male readers):  Wow, this story had me glued to my wife like never before! Wonderfully written storyline and very detailed characters! All sex scenes kept me totally engaged until the very last...

Book Review “Colder: A Collection of Poetry & Prose”, River Dixon

Winter. Somewhere in North Dakota. River: Do you know what I’d ask Santa if I’d ever met him? Dixon: Hot babe? River: I’d say “I want COLDER”… Dixon: Are you mad, it is already -16,6 F! Why do some young kids dislike poetry? Why do so many people unsatisfied with modern poetry? When Marianne Moore wrote a poem titled “Poetry,” she began it with the words: “I, too, dislike it.”...

“Write. Publish. Repeat.” by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, David Wright #takeaways

A book read by a thousand different people is a thousand different books.”Andrei Tarkovsky In the book “Write. Publish. Repeat” authors Sean Platt, David Wright and Johnny B. Truant explained how to build a thriving international publishing empire with no luck required… In two words – you have to work your ass off, never give up and see your “writing” as a business.  My rate is 3 – you can find...

“How to grow a novel”, Sol Stein #takeaways 

Be the first to see what you see as you see it. Robert Bresson (french filmmaker) Readers value and remember extraordinary CHARACTERS. Plot might be forgotten with a time, but never a hero. The goal is to involve the reader’s emotion, in this case a feeling of warmth for the central character.  What the reader is experiencing in each scene of your novel? If you can’t answer the question –...