I saw this today and thought of the assignments I give in my workshops. Look at what this hugely popular writer did to learn and focus her craft:
- Knew what she liked and followed HER passions (she knew what rocked her).
- Took 4 books she loved and broke them down to look for patterns she could use. This is exactly what Bernard Cornwell did (link at bottom).
- Identified what it was she wanted to deliver to her readers. I believe her four words were “Provocative,” “Relevant,” “Creative,” and “Honest” (form follows function).
- Notice also how much she loves plot turns (story cycle–surprise and conflict).
What a delightful interview. I’m going to pick up a Macomber and give her a go. Anyone have a recommendation on a title?