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You know that silly argument that either you were born to be a writer or you weren’t? Yep it’s pretty silly. Here’s my two cents on that: Another part of being a “born writer” – a huge, underestimated, overlooked part of being a born writer – is reading as many books as you possibly can and getting as much out of them as you possibly can. It’s like the French novelist Andre Maurois said:

Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned slowly by reading great authors; by trying at the outset to imitate them; by daring then to be original and by destroying one’s first productions.

What better way to become a born writer than by studying one of the most acclaimed authors of all time – and maybe a few others along the way (I’m talking about Rowling here just in case the blog title didn’t give it away).

If you want to get in touch with me directly (because us writers have got to stick together!) email me at: csplocher [at] gmail [dot] com.

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  1. Thank you so much for the great blog. This is one of the most informative, with a slick presentation style and critical detail that I gobbled up quickly. I’ve read some posts several times ensuring I absorbed all the information you presented. Again — a genuine thank you!

    • This made my day, MJ! I’m sorry my thank you is so very belated – it certainly doesn’t reflect how much I appreciate your comment. I ended up taking an unexpected sabbatical over the summer, but I’m looking forward to getting back to it this Fall. Sometimes blogging can feel a bit lonely and thankless (ironically – since we blog in order to feel connected to others) so it’s always so gratifying to know that I’ve helped someone. I hope your writing is going well and please check in again!

  2. I’ve just spent a couple of hours devouring the contents of this site. Thrilled to have found it (via Storyfix) and couldn’t click on ‘follow’ fast enough. Thank you!

    • What a lovely way to start my Monday morning – thank you, Ruth! I have some great stuff I’ll be adding to the blog, hopefully soon (whatever doesn’t make it into the chapter I’m co-authoring with Stuart Horwitz for his second book on writing fiction). I love hearing from fellow writers so please feel free to drop in again!

  3. Neat blog, but can I ask what books you have written and published that give you the credentials to instruct? Not meaning to offend, but I see so many books and blogs on writing that are written by people who have not written or published anything of merit. This is one of the reasons I think highly of K.M. Weilands blog and non-fiction books on writing – she has actually walked the walk. I couldn’t find anything on Amazon by C.S. Plocher. Perhaps you write under a pen name? Looking forward to your response.

  4. Hey! I’ve been writing since i was seven but only now have i realised why i dont like my stories as much as i would like to. Your blog is wonderful and it helps me understand what actually makes a book. Thank you so much, you gave me inspiration to write again:) May the new year give you many fresh ideas :D

  5. I fully understand what you are doing with your blog and it is a very helpful resource. You give credit where credit is due and point people to good books that help them with their writing craft. Pay no attention to people like Dan who require credentials to learn and keep up the good work.

  6. I found your blog actually searching on how to write like Rowling….because I can’t stop reading Harry Potter….continually trying to figure out how she strung out such an intricate plot and kept track of all those characters etc. You’ve done all the work for me! I also bought some of the books you recommended….Story Engineering is particularly helpful! And I’m loving Getting Into Character and Please Understand Me II. My writing is really going much deeper. Thank you so much for the helpful blog posts and recommendations!

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