14 Lessons for Writers from 3 Classic Foreign Films

14 Lessons for Writers from 3 Classic Foreign Films

Film is a universal art form. Those of us who write novels can learn a lot from the storytelling techniques of filmmakers, especially masters like Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, and François Truffaut. Their films defied Hollywood norms and yet found a global audience.

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Paula Munier’s “Guide to Beginnings”: Why the Opening Can Make or Break Your Novel

Paula Munier’s “Guide to Beginnings”: Why the Opening Can Make or Break Your Novel

The image of an open door graces the cover of Paula Munier’s latest writing book. It’s an invitation to learn and keep an open mind. It also reminds me of the proverbial door being slammed in a novelist’s face. “Competition is fierce—and that’s why your words must be fierce as well,” says Munier.

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Romance Writers Report: The Art of Choosing the Perfect Book Title

Romance Writers Report: The Art of Choosing the Perfect Book Title

The May 2015 edition of Romance Writers Report, the monthly magazine for members of the Romance Writers of America, published an article I wrote about how to choose the perfect title for your book. It described my experience choosing a title for my debut romance book, “In His Corner,” published by Lyrical Press (April 2015).

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Writing Even When You’re Not Writing

5 Ways to Optimize Your Writing Even When You’re Not Writing

Many successful authors—from Ernest Hemingway to Khaled Hosseini—have imparted the same advice: Write every day. But when summer or Christmas rolls around, even the most diligent writer has to take a break for a few days or weeks. If you feel guilty and resentful when you’re not writing, learn how to optimize your downtime.

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4 Lessons for Writers from Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon”

4 Lessons for Writers from Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon”

In “Rashomon,” the 1950 classic film by Akira Kurosawa, viewers can be certain of three things: A samurai is dead, his wife has been sexually assaulted, and a bandit is the main suspect. Everything else about the film is open to discussion. Every viewer is entitled to his or her own conclusion.

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5 Reasons Why Writers Should Watch Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”

5 Reasons Why Writers Should Watch Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”

A quick Google search will show you that “La Dolce Vita,” which means “the sweet life,” is a popular name for Italian restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops. The term has taken on a life of its own ever since Federico Fellini’s film of the same title was released in 1960.

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