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Tag Archives: The Fire in Fiction
What stage are you in with your writing—getting the first draft written, or revising the mess you made of your first draft? Either way, there may come a time when you’re stumped and unable to go forward. Best thing to … Continue reading
Back in January of 2010, I made a New Year’s resolution some of you may remember: to read every book Donald Maass used as an example in his The Fire in Fiction. All this time, and I’m just now hitting chapter … Continue reading
The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly My rating: 4 of 5 stars For a while now, I’ve been squeezing into my meager reading time books Donald Maass used as examples in his writer’s manual The Fire in Fiction. Connelly’s The … Continue reading
Lisa Gardner wrote the epitome of a thriller. Tense, exciting, edge-of-your-seat suspense and incredible characterization make this book a must-read for lovers of this genre, and a must-study for writers in general. The Survivors Club, one of Donald Maass’s examples … Continue reading
Anyone notice how long Vince Flynn’s Memorial Day stayed “on the nightstand” in the sidebar? If you did, you’re probably thinking I’m the slowest reader on the planet. In my defense, I (1) finished it a long time ago and … Continue reading
Red Leaves, by Thomas H. Cook, is the first book Donald Maass used as an example in his The Fire in Fiction, and believe me, Maass knew what he was doing. On the cover of the 2006 edition of this … Continue reading