How To Write Better Stories: Add Some Mystery

Dan Alatorre

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This is a long one but bear with me. I’ll come through in the end. Probably.

The world is not howling for my thoughts on the Harry Potter books. I know this. Last week, I published a series of blog posts analyzing J. K. Rowling’s book Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone – and I surprised myself.

See, I wasn’t a J. K. Rowling fan.

I kinda didn’t like Harry Potter.

Like lots of things, when something is good, like a song or a movie, its promoters ram it down your throats. You’ll hear the song played on the radio every five minutes until you’re sick of it. You’ll get ads for the movie, then ads for toys for the movie, then ads for sequels and finally a theme park.

This was my knowledge of Harry Potter. Which is to say, no knowledge.

But I have a…

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