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Author: Subject: How To Write A Bestseller
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[*] posted on 5/31/2012 at 01:16 AM
How To Write A Bestseller

Excerpts from the HuffingtonPost article:

So, what are some of those "content variables"? According to James Hall, the protagonists in the novels he dissected all possess a "high level of emotional intensity that results in gutsy and surprising deeds." They "act decisively" instead of "navel gazing." The plots of these novels waste no time setting up situations where readers are "drawn forward by the momentum of the unfolding story as one complication after another challenges the central character and the original dramatic question mutates into another question and another."

I like W. Somerset Maugham's wry advice on the subject: "There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."

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[*] posted on 5/31/2012 at 12:06 PM

Robert, interesting read. Thanks for the url.

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