L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Joe Fassler on Seven of the Most Common Writing Tips I once heard John Irving give a lecture on his process at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an in-depth account of the way his novels come to be. He kicked it off by writing a single sentence on the chalkboard—the last line of Last Night in …

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BY BRENT HARTINGER Your first book was well received—hooray! But how can you ensure success when writing sequels? These 7 secrets will help you pen part two with finesse. Why are there so few great sequels? In the realm of movies, rare favorites include Toy Story 2 and 3, The Dark Knight and Aliens. Among books, …

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