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In Praise of the Prologue and Organic Backstory - Christina Clancy

In Praise of the Prologue and Organic Backstory - Christina Clancy

Update: 2021-09-30
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In today's Books with Hooks segment, Carly and CeCe discuss digging into trauma to reveal the root emotion; how even literary fiction needs a hook; readability and writing in italics in certain fonts; needing to connect with character; how a query letter must include details of a specific climax; always keeping the reader wondering about what’s going to happen next; and tackling certain themes responsibly. Carly also sings a time stamp jingle!

After which, Bianca chats with Christina Clancy, author of Shoulder Season, about the research that goes into writing a novel; thinking about your book even when you’re not able to write; knowing when to stop researching and start writing; how close you need to stick to historical fact and how much can be invention; starting a whisper campaign; finding ancillary resources; when a story needs a prologue; being willing to cut things even during a third draft; figuring out where the beating heart of your story is; and why every writer has to despair at some point of the process.

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In Praise of the Prologue and Organic Backstory - Christina Clancy

In Praise of the Prologue and Organic Backstory - Christina Clancy

Bianca Marais, Carly Watters, CeCe Lyra and Christina Clancy