Megan H. asked me: “I’ve been thinking about becoming a writer when I finish school, and I was wondering how you got started, the only thing is that I have also looked for independent schools in London because I don’t know if I should expand my schooling.”
You know what’s NOT a great idea? Putting dinosaurs in a Transformer movie. But why, you ask, do dinosaurs show up in a Transformer’s move? Probably because someone was sitting in a meeting, looking at the script and said…”I dunno, something is missing…”
It’s not the dinosaurs. It’s the fact that yes,
Why, why, why is JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series so popular? What is it about her stories that capture us so, that make us—and roughly 500 million other readers—stand in line for days to get their hands on the latest 800-page offering?
Aside from the depth of characterization, the twisting,
Soak in the elements of a good book: The first priority of a writers is to be a reader. Find those books you enjoy and don’t be afraid to highlight favorite phrases, characters, or plot techniques. For years I kept a journal in which I dissected the books I liked and analyzed why they worked.
I’ll never forget the day I received the missionary box sent from my home church. Our Sunday school class had sent it clear over the Pacific to where we served in Siberia, Russia, just in time for the frigid season of January. I opened the box and on top lay Francine River’s Mark of the Lion series.