L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

by Amanda Patterson If you are writing a novel, you need to include surprises for your readers. This post is about why you need surprises in stories and the three big surprises you need to include. Why You Need Surprises In Stories Readers love the shock of a revelation or a surprise. This device keeps readers interested, …

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In three recent novels that reimagine ancient epics — Circe, The Mere Wife, and The Silence of the Girls — authors wrestle with both their source material and the centuries of cultural baggage it carries. Mikaella Clements Writers have always come back to older texts, finding new twists on old legends. Jean Rhys and James …

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“Confessions of a Story Writer” Paul Gallico wrote:  It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader. If you do not believe in the characters or the story you are doing at that moment with all your mind, strength, and will, if you …

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