Mentors*

*Writing advice stolen from the pros and filtered through me (with occasional help from my buddy Ali).

Agatha Christie

The Mystery of the Cow Creamer: An Imaginary Dialogue Between P.G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie by Jenny

The Bestsellingest Author Ever: Agatha Christie!

The Solution to the Pop-Up Character Syndrome in Mysteries

Plato and Aristotle Weigh in on Agatha Christie

Product-of-Your-Time Rhetoric – Is Awareness the Answer?

How Fast the Machine Can Get Out of Hand

Meditating on What Makes Poirot a Good Series Character

Consistency of Physical Description

Can Series Characters Get in the Way?

Working the Setting

The Character Who is You

The Character Who Got Away…Maybe

The Observant Character

Young Marple? Jennifer Garner? What?

The Pen Name Game

Notebooks!!

Genre vs. Literary: It’s Not a New Debate

The Literary Portion of the Detective Novel

Those Little Bits of Insight

Two Different Ends to Two Different Series

Thursday Reviews: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (A Mentor Review!)

Thursday Reviews: Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie (A Mentor Review!)

Thursday Reviews: Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie (A Mentor Review!)

A Fond Farewell to the Dame

J.D.Robb/Nora Roberts

Kicking Off 2017 with Nora Roberts 

Pace Yourself: Using Nora Roberts’ Insane Productivity to Inspire Your Own

7 Things to Think About When Writing the Future or the Past

 

Jack Kerouac

The Great American Novel and Jack Kerouac

The Kerouac-Ginsberg Letters: You Have to Write More than You Think

Kerouac, Burroughs, and Direct Collaboration

Kerouac’s Collaborative Circle: Indirect Collaboration

The Scroll

Charactouac? or Kerouacter?

Lightning, the Lightning Bug, and the Price of Some of Kerouac’s Revisions

Writing the Windblown, Schizophrenic World

Kerouac’s Genius/Interpreter Theory vs. Jenny’s Genius/Genius Theory

 

Margaret Atwood

Farewell Gaiman, Welcome Atwood

Mentors Coming Along Right When You Need Them

Answering Questions with Questions

Hang-up Awareness

What Do Chapter Titles Reveal About Your Book (Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake)

In Related Margaret Atwood News…

Thursday Reviews: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

A Margaret Atwood Inspired Short

Thursday Reviews!: Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood

Chapters in Which Something Happens

You Say To-may-to, I Say To-mah-to: Define Your Terms

Margaret Atwood on Her Creative Process

Margaret Atwood and Origins

New Short Story from Our Mentor!

Myth, History, and Belief Systems

Better Read Millennials, Stephen King’s Ancestors, and a Piece of Writing You’ll Never See

Mary Shelley

Sleeping With Your Father

Write Expecting to be Read: Mary Shelley’s Journals

Dream Sequence

White Paper – Wilt Thou Be My Confident?: Grief and Creation

The Ghost in the Machine

Neil Gaiman

New Year, New You, New Mentor: Neil Gaiman

Thusday Reviews!: The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch by Neil Gaiman (A Mentor Review!)

Seeing in the Dark: The YA Novel in General and The Graveyard Book in Particular

How to Avoid Being Too Dark?

Thursday Reviews!: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (A Mentor Review!)

Chapters in Which Something Happens

The Second Reason to Read Widely: It’s Probably Been Done

Expect the Unexpected: Turning

Neil Gaiman Selected Shorts Interview

The Edgar Nominees

Talking to You

Story and Poetry – Why Aren’t They Together?

Taking Leaps

Ready, Set, Leap

Good Omens/Collaboration

World Building