8 TIPS FOR CREATING GREAT STORIES FROM GEORGE R.R. MARTIN, JUNOT DIAZ, AND OTHER TOP STORYTELLERS

by  HUGH HART @hughhart

What the hell is a Story Lizard? In Wonderbook: The Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction (Abrams Books, October 15), Story Lizards join Prologue Fish and other infographic helpmates designed to banish dry textual analysis in favor of a kicking, screaming, slithering approach to storytelling creativity.

Author Jeff Vandermeer, a three-time Fantasy World Award-winning novelist who co-directs the Shared Worlds teen writing camp, says «The way we’re taught to analyze fiction is to break down and do a kind of autopsy. But I think writers need to be more like naturalists or zoologists when they study story because then you’re looking at how all the elements fit together.»

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Are You Ready for a Promotion to Leadership?

By Daniel Shapero

Getting promoted can be very complicated. It’s not only about how well you have performed against your current job, but it involves the future needs of the team, the perspectives of your colleagues, and how your company views your potential as a leader. I ask myself the following questions when considering whether or not to promote an employee to a senior position. I recommend you ask yourself the same questions.

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