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How to write a page-turner

January 13, 2016

Tags: Writing Tips, How to write a page-turner, Ian McEwan, the Art of Unease, Master of Dread, writing prompts

Here’s a great tip I came across. Make sure to end each chapter with something your main character longs to happen, or dreads will happen. Longing and dread. Good things to keep in mind. But how to create that?

Ian McEwan is considered a literary writer who knows how to hook the reader with novels of “page-turning excitement.” In this old New Yorker profile, (The Art of Unease, 2009), he quotes Henry James who said the novel’s main obligation is to be interesting. McEwan finds most novels don’t succeed at this basic level.

After reading the rather long profile, I came away with two tools to create narrative tension: (more…)

Food & Proverbs

October 13, 2015

Tags: writing tips, writing prompts, food and fiction, proverbs and fiction, Anne Tyler, Digging to America, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

I came across a writing tip from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler. She was trying to get into the head of her Iranian character, and she said (I wish I knew where) that she consciously uses food as an entry point into her characters, especially if they are from foreign cultures – capturing the (more…)