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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.

— Andre Maurois

I started Write Like Rowling with the goal of helping writers create original and authentic work by studying the mechanics of successful storytelling. I’m grateful and inspired by the enthusiastic response I’ve received from both writers and editors. Write Like Rowling has been highlighted and recommended by bestselling authors Larry Brooks (Story Engineering) and Stuart Horwitz (Blueprint Your Besteller). I also worked with Stuart to co-author a chapter in his second book on writing, Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula. I’m currently editing Stuart’s third writing book, a multimedia e-book tentatively titled Finish Your Book in Three Drafts.

Because of Write Like Rowling and the opportunities that have stemmed from it, I’ve been able to realize my dream of becoming a developmental editor. My work is fulfilling, enlightening, and wonderfully demanding. What I especially love is that every day is unique. There is no cookie-cutter approach, no formula. I give every project all of my attention and effort. Contact me at csplocher.com for a free consultation.

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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.

    • No offense taken, Dan. I understand why you feel like I need to have credentials to write about writing. I discussed my point of view on the subject here: writelikerowling.com/2015/06/03/amateur-writer/. I think that, in the end, what matters most is your gut reaction to whatever it is you’re reading. If your gut reaction is that you like it, then I say that you should trust yourself and not worry about what other people say. At any rate, thanks for dropping in and I hope to hear from you again!

  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.

    • Thanks so much, fellow writer, for taking the time to drop me a line of encouragement. I’m always incredibly appreciative and in awe of the supportive writing community on this blog. I hope to hear from you again!

  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!

    • I’m so glad that my blog has been useful to you, Carrie. I love meeting other writers who are interested in the same stuff as I am! Keep on writing and stay in touch!

  7. I’ve just subscribed this blog.
    I’m loving it everyday this being my fifth day confused where to start as every article triggers my nerve to start writing.
    Thank u so much

    • Thanks for leaving a comment, Abi. It’s always nice to hear that my blog has resonated with another writer—that’s what I love most about blogging: connecting with other writers. Keep on writing and check in again soon!

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