Have you ever daydreamed of writing a series that has touched as many people as Harry Potter? Or writing a memoir as successful as Eat, Pray, Love? I close my eyes and think about how wonderful that would be. For a moment I smile, and then something weird happens.
I confess. I am a pantser. I know. I can hear all you plotters out there. Life is easier when you’re a plotter.
When I picked up Anthony Doerr’s memoir about his year in Rome, I wondered: How will I not be pummeled with meaningless adjectives and cliches I’ve read a thousand times? How will I not drown in melodrama? Luckily he had the answers.
Links from around the Internet. (Creative Nonfiction Magazine is seeking essays about marriage.)