Stack of books: 84, Charing Cross road by Helene Hanff, Real Life by Brendan Taylor, Ark Angel and Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz, The Yield by Tara June Winch, and Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee

March 2021 Book Reviews

My reading mojo returned in March, perhaps the sun woke it from a winter slumber. All of this to say, “I read a bunch of books in March.” I had gotten into a bit of a slump, but 84, Charing Cross Road in particular pulled me right out of it. Read on to find out […]

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Three stacked books. Slightly Foxed No. 65, Bestiary by K-Ming Chang, and Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

February 2021 Book Reviews

I’m quite pleased to look back at my February reading list and see that I did a good job of working on my goal to read more Asian authors. This little project of mine has gotten me thinking about what it means to read Asian authors, what it means to read Asian authors who are […]

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Storytelling and Antiracism

This blog post is the first in a series about Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to see the whole series: Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to download your FREE Storytelling & Antiracism summary and reading list. Storytelling is one of the most valuable tools in antiracism work. Story is the best way to learn, to […]

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3 ways to find the details that make your story lively

There is nothing like flying into Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and looking down and seeing the particular Dutch landscape. As the plane descends over the North Sea, the coastline comes into view and as it flies ever lower, the shapes of fields and cities emerge. If we’re lucky, our flight path goes over Haarlem and I […]

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October 2020 Book Reviews

October was a very busy month, largely due to launching the Perfect Story Formula for the first time. However, I did read the books pictured above and listened to Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz and Squirm by Carl Hiassen. It was so busy that I’m feeling good that I managed to read at all, to be […]

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January 2020 Book Reviews

Last week, I promised you an article about setting goals this week. I’m putting it off. First of all, I came up with a brilliant idea for a giveaway that I want to take time with. Also, I have been on a more serious reading bender than usual and wanted to share what I’ve been […]

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Give Your Story a Great Goal

A benefit of working on a story starting at structure is that you know what you have to do next. After you’ve sketched a basic story structure and figured out who your hero is and how to describe them, it’s time to figure out what the hero’s goal will be. The approach to goal setting […]

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My week without reading

I’ve been following Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way for a few weeks now. It’s a 12-week program to recover your creativity. Every morning, I get up half an hour early, make a cup of coffee, and sit down at my desk to write three pages in my journal. Every Saturday, I spend half an hour […]

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