Index of Book Essays
Essays that review novels....Writing the Fantasy Hook
Notes on Page 1 George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones
Notes on Page 2
Notes on Page 3
Writing the Mysterious
Notes on the opening prologue of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
This essay explores how this novel by Stieg Larsson creates a sense of mystery to draw in readers.
Writing a Puzzle Piece
An essay about what made The DaVinci Code the novel successful and the movie under whelming. Writing a Novel With a Wounded Main Character
An essay about how a novel can be written with a wounded main character, a choice that can lead to difficulties if not handled correctly.
Writing a Novel With a Stuck Main Character, Notes on The Kite Runner
Unfolding a Story from a First Sentence
Perceiving the Dramatic Purpose of Scenes , a review of the opening chapters of The Hunt for Red October that explores how the dramatic purpose of the story is set out.
The Artist as Storyteller, a review of the opening of Paul Auster's novella, City of Glass, .
Setting Out a Story's Dramatic Purpose, a review of the prologue of The Exorcist that examines how the author set out the dramatic purpose of the story -- an epic battle between good and evil -- and began to deliver on that purpose in a way that reassured his audience of his ability to tell a story.
The Exorcist -- Page One A review of the first page of the novel.The Exorcist -- Page Two A review of the second page of the novel.
The Exorcist -- Page Three A review of the third page of the novel.
The Exorcist -- Page Four A review of the third page of the novel.
The Exorcist -- Page Five A review of the fifth page of the novel.Top of page