Hint #17: Mystify, Don’t Reveal

Hint #17: Mystify, Don’t Reveal

It’s that time again. Welcome back to Hints, a miniseries of Mr. Horne’s Book of Secrets. No amount of good writing advice can make you a good writer. It’s not the kind of thing that can be formally taught, either. The great writers you seek to...
Hint #16: That’s not How Human Beings Work

Hint #16: That’s not How Human Beings Work

It’s that time again. Welcome back to Hints, a miniseries of Mr. Horne’s Book of Secrets. You’re not looking for a ghostwriter, and you can hardly expect anyone else to know how to write your story. Frankly, most of the help being offered to you is...
Hint #15: The Meaning of -A- Life

Hint #15: The Meaning of -A- Life

It’s that time again. Welcome back to Hints, a miniseries of Mr. Horne’s Book of Secrets. All the literary advice in the world will not make you a writer. There is no shortage of how-tos and self-helps, yet a startling number of people remain unable to...
Hint #14: Care

Hint #14: Care

It’s that time again. Welcome back to Hints, a miniseries of Mr. Horne’s Book of Secrets. A lot of writing advice is simply wrong. And even if it’s right generally, it might not apply to your book. Because every writer is different, there’s no...
Hint #13: When You Can’t Write, Read

Hint #13: When You Can’t Write, Read

It’s that time again. Welcome back to Hints, a miniseries of Mr. Horne’s Book of Secrets. Not sure where to go from here, but don’t want someone else taking command? This is a common problem for writers. To leave you high and dry without any guidance...
Hint #12: The Reader’s Journey

Hint #12: The Reader’s Journey

It’s that time again. Welcome back to Hints, a miniseries of Mr. Horne’s Book of Secrets. Bad writing advice got you down? It’s not surprise: advice is often poisonous in a field like writing, where individual creativity and vision are paramount. Yet...