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November 23, 2018

Like most books about writing, Albert Zuckerman’s Writing the Blockbuster Novel doesn’t say much you haven’t read elsewhere. But some of that may be because he said it first; the original version was published in 1994. He also structures his advice in a way I found helpful.

Instead of rehashing the three-act structure, Zuckerman—a literary agent and author himself—analyzes several successful novels and zeroes in on what he thinks makes them work. His basic principles are that “big” bo...

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I write mostly speculative fiction. Usually fantasy, with historical elements mixed in. Sometimes there's a bit of mystery too, or (shhh!) even a little romance.


But it's weird—it's always weird. Consider yourself warned.