Disappointing Reader Expectations and Pushkin’s ‘The Queen of Spades’

Most books about successful novel writing emphasize that above everything, the writer who wants to sell well and avoid bad reviews must at all costs respect the  tropes of a genre, and particularly avoid ‘disappointing reader expectations’. In fact, Chris Fox in his well argued and generally witty book  ‘Write to Market’ emphasizes this to … Continue reading Disappointing Reader Expectations and Pushkin’s ‘The Queen of Spades’

Originality and Breaking the Rules in Writing

When I first started writing, it was in the days before the internet. The aspiring writer had to seek out and buy a ‘How To’ book, or borrow it from the library. The first of these that I read contained this helpful piece of advice from the male author, very successful, but you might say, … Continue reading Originality and Breaking the Rules in Writing

Rules Writers Must Not Break and What Do J S Bach, Margaret Mitchell, Zane Grey and Louis L’amour Have in Common?

There’s a few things I’ve been wanting to say as part of some post, but I can’t think of any suitable one, so I’ll just mix them together in a miscellaneous post about market trends and rejections. The first thing is a story to encourage those who are trying to create something special, and meet … Continue reading Rules Writers Must Not Break and What Do J S Bach, Margaret Mitchell, Zane Grey and Louis L’amour Have in Common?