Caged Maiden submitted a new blog post: Becoming a Breakout Writer — Interview with Donald Maass by A. Howitt Last year, I went through something of a personal breakthrough as a writer. I shared the experience with you here. Three things led to the new way I look at and approach writing, and one of them was the book, Writing the Breakout Novel, written by literary agent Donald Maass, president of Maass Literary Agency. This year, for motivation and as a sort of reward for the hard time I did in outline-ville (a place I’d avoided for a decade), I attended a writer’s conference that featured Donald Maass as the keynote speaker. And better yet, he taught his Writing the Breakout Novel class on the last day of the convention. I even got him to sign my workbook. When you take his class, you can tell how much passion is behind Donald Maass’ books and articles. It’s like he’s letting you in on the long-held secrets of the publishing community…but he does it because he genuinely wants writers to succeed by wowing agents and querying amazing genre-bending novels that will excite readers. I want to personally thank Donald Maass for not only his time in answering my questions, but for helping me (and loads of other folks) understand how to tell a better story. Continue reading the Original Blog Post.