5 Lessons for Writers from François Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows”

the-400-blowsFrançois Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows” is a staple of film courses, the frontrunner in the French New Wave Cinema. Not surprisingly, I watched it in class when I was in college. Our analysis now escapes me, but I remember getting teary-eyed while watching it. The 12-year-old protagonist, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), is one of the most unforgettable characters ever created in film. He has stayed with me for decades. (more…)

Debut Author Alex Myers: Don’t Be Afraid to Set a Draft Aside

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Alex Myers admits he’s lucky—he wrote a novel, got an agent, and published his book successfully. But he adds: “I was persistent, patient, and flexible. That might have helped.” (more…)

3 Tips on Sustaining Your Writing Momentum

Books&Plant-1There are two types of writers who have captured our collective imagination. On the one hand, there’s F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote novels that were unabashedly autobiographical or semi-autobiographical. His wife and muse, Zelda, was as famous as he was. On the other hand, there’s Stephen King, who writes 10 pages a day and has published 63 novels at my last count. He’s so prolific that he couldn’t possibly rely on something as fickle as a muse. (more…)