Think a Fiction Formula is a Bad Idea? Think Again…

Another year. Another NaNoWriMo win. Another story fail. Sound familiar?

I completed another NNWM this year, in spite of working full-time. That’s the good news. I can write enough each day to reach the goal of 50K words in 30 days. The bad news is, the story’s terrible. In fact, it’s not really a […]


Does Eric Edson Have the Story Solution?

I’ve now worked my way through the first of my great Christmas gifts, The Story Solution by Eric Edson. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I got insights into why my fiction isn’t working. Certainly worth the price of admission! But let’s not run ahead too far…

Who is Eric Edson and why should we pay […]


Write-a-Thon (the Book, Not the Event)

Although it was a few day earlier than we expected, Santa stopped by the sprawling ol’ estate that houses the Accidental Novelist’s offices to drop off some goodies. (Also to reclaim some wayward Elves who were drinking up our booze and eating us out of house and home overdue back at the shop up […]


The Writer’s Bookshelf: “The Anatomy of Story” by John Truby

[This begins an occasional-Friday series of book reviews. Most of the books will cover the writer’s craft, tools and techniques to help us all make the leap to published, and ultimately successful, author. –Ed.]

John Truby is a man we should pay attention to if we’re interested in shaping more effective stories. He’s a successful […]