How 3-Act Structure Can Enrich Your Story

How 3-Act Structure Can Enrich Your Story

“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” ‒ Orson Welles (pictured above) It’s a fascinating artistic paradox. Total freedom inhibits creativity, whereas strategic limits generate creativity. Strategic limits? you ask. Let me give you an...
Let Your Inner Actor Bring Your Story to Life

Let Your Inner Actor Bring Your Story to Life

Shakespeare was an actor. So was Dickens. And so are you. Think about it. When you create stories, you play the lead role inside your head, don’t you? In fact, you play all the roles. It’s one of the most satisfying aspects of being a writer, getting all the...
Deep Genre: The Serious Writer’s Mission

Deep Genre: The Serious Writer’s Mission

(Image: bestselling author John le Carré)   Why Genre Matters I sometimes hear emerging writers say, “My book doesn’t fall into a genre. It’s a literary novel.” But is it? Often what they mean is that, naturally, they want their story to be thought of as serious....