No More Platform Anxiety, Please [Reblog by James Scott Bell]

No More Platform Anxiety, Please [Reblog by James Scott Bell]

Ever since the word “platform” began floating around publishing circles, a whole bunch of fiction writers shuddered.  Why?  Because though we understood the importance of platform, it seemed the way to it for fiction writers, new ones especially, was going to be much, much harder than for non-fiction writers.  How do you build a platform…

Trauma in Fiction: Writing Realistic Traumatic Events from Your Character’s POV

Trauma in Fiction: Writing Realistic Traumatic Events from Your Character’s POV

If you were to ask me to describe the Oklahoma City bombing to you, I’d be able to give you a very accurate picture of what happened that day.  The building had a gaping hole.  Cars and trees were on fire.  Ash-covered people wondered aimlessly like zombies.  Police, fire and ambulances came rushing to the…

The Worst Rejection in History
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The Worst Rejection in History

In 1968, composer Alex North walked into the New York City premiere of the latest film he had been commissioned to score, 2001: A Space Odyssey.  He was fresh off Oscar nominations for Sparticus, Cleopatra, The Agony and the Ecstasy and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It was another chance for this extraordinary composer’s talent…