How to Screw Up Your Novel: The Series Cheat

A Writer's Path


by Larry Kahaner

I just finished reading a terrific book, except for one thing. The ending was a cheat.

Every book must have one.

The author composed a quirky, clever main character with an animal sidekick that acts as a contract killer upon command. Very cool idea. The book moved fast, had an absorbing plot and the writing itself was workmanlike (one of my highest compliments) and even contained some flashes of wordsmithing brilliance.

But here’s the problem.

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