Writing Fiction: “Plotting Was My Real Challenge”

By Sarah Pekkanen

The only way to learn how to write fiction is to get words on paper, ruthlessly edit them, and repeat endlessly—but other aspects of the craft can be taught. Plotting was my real challenge, and the book that taught me how to plot a commercial novel is Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell. It’s still my bible.

Sarah Pekkanen is the bestselling author of four novels, including The Best of Us, all published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. 

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