Literary Birthday – 9 November – Bryan Gruley

Happy Birthday, Bryan Gruley, born 9 November 1957.


  1. I’m not much of an advance plotter. I know where the story begins and I have a vague idea of how it ends. Then I start writing and, yes, I discover the story along with my characters.
  2. As I go, I jot notes to myself about story arcs I need to follow through on and loose ends I have to tie up, and these become a sort of rough,  moving outline for what’s to come in the next few scenes.
  3. Writing my first novel was hard because I had no idea how to go about writing a novel. Writing the sequel was hard because I had no idea how to go about writing a sequel.

Bryan Gruley is an American writer. He has shared a Pulitzer Prize for journalism for coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks and has won numerous other awards for his writing and reporting. He was nominated for the “first novel” Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Starvation Lake: A Mystery.

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Posted on: 9th November 2019