An Acronym for Remembering the Essential Points for Writing a Page Turner

< I made up an acronym while writing, to remind me of some essential points to remember when trying to write a page turner. FLASH. No; not as in a flasher. Actually, I suppose conjuring up an a mental image of one of those old school perverts would be as good a way to entertain … Continue reading An Acronym for Remembering the Essential Points for Writing a Page Turner

Review of Jordan Rosenfeld’s ‘How to Write a Page Turner’

I have just finished reading Jordan Rosenfeld’s ‘How to Write a Page Turner’. I thought the advice in it was invaluable. Not only that, but it is detailed; too many ‘how to’ books for writers are not sufficiently specific. You might be told to ‘infuse the pages with tension’ and to ‘keep raising the conflict’ … Continue reading Review of Jordan Rosenfeld’s ‘How to Write a Page Turner’

Transcending Genre: an Intersting Example from Light Music.

I haven't yet finished my posts about antagonists, but I am writing this short one about something else as waking up with an old song sounding in my dreams set me to thinking. I have never liked the type of music dubbed 'Easy Listening' generally, always thinking of it as the sort of stuff played … Continue reading Transcending Genre: an Intersting Example from Light Music.

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’