The most critical question for any writer to ask

Susan DeFCreative Writing, fictionLeave a Comment

Recently I returned from teaching at the Writer UnBoxed conference in Salem, Mass.–and while I was there, I did something I’ve never done before with adults. I built a story with my audience, live. I did this because I figured after four full days of craft talks, the conference attendees needed another PowerPoint presentation like they needed a hole in … Read More

What Character Arc Isn’t

Susan DeFCreative Writing, Writing resourcesLeave a Comment

I write a lot about character arc, and I talk a lot about it with my clients. Because if there’s a magic bullet for creating a novel that sucks the reader in, holds her attention, and ultimately makes her feel like it was worth the 6+ hours it took to read that book, character arc is it. Many writers are … Read More