While many tomes, from War and Peace to the last Harry Potterbook, are definitely valuable literature, it’s not their length that makes them great. And, conversely, well-done short stories and novellas can be incredibly powerful.
Hustle Up: ATX Ladies Who Network founder Jacky Lamenzo interviewed me (on video!) for a series on women who’ve taken the leap from side hustle to full-time hustle.
I loved Katrina Leno's Summer of Salt so much that, when I finished, I hustled to the library to check out all of her other work!
“Yes, and” is the first rule of improv, and the basic idea is that, whatever your scene partner throws at you, you agree, and you add to it. You say “yes,” and you add an “and” to move the scene forward.
Girl Made of Stars adds an important dimension to the discussions we’re having today, both in public and in private, and Blake’s deft handling of tough topics makes for an engaging and powerful read.
As a kid, I loved poring through the dictionary, revisiting worlds I’d been to and worlds I hadn’t. Today, I like to reference it when I’m helping authors develop their own magical places.
As you’re mapping out new scenes or reviewing the ones you’ve already written, see if they pass this test.
Page Turner Pierce Alquist is a publishing professional living and working in Boston. She's a Book Riot contributor and reviewer specializing in international literature in translation. A voracious traveler and foodie, you can find her in her kitchen making borscht or covered in red pepper paste as she perfects her kimchi recipe. You can find her on Twitter @PierceAlquist.
I write monthly YA reviews for BookPage, and I've been so lucky to receive a string of incredible novels over the past few months. In case you needed a reason to hightail it to your local independent bookstore, here are my 2018 reviews...so far.