Any writer who has played a video game knows the frustration of getting stuck on a difficult level or boss battle and knows how similar that feeling is to the frustration of writing a story that doesn't seem to become interesting or exciting no matter how many times it's edited and reworked.
Fortunately, an upcoming Worthington Libraries program may be as valuable for writers as a strategy guide is for gamers.
"Take Your Fiction to the Next Level!" will feature author Tim Waggoner, who will describe the common pitfalls of rookie writers, teaching techniques to make your fiction writing sharper and more exhilarating.
Waggoner has published four short story collections and more than 40 novels – mainly fantasy and horror.
His novella "The Winter Box," about a couple struggling to save their marriage and lives in the face of supernatural visitors, earned the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction.
In addition to writing, Waggoner also teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and is bringing his tips and tools of the trade to share with workshop participants.
"Take your Fiction to the Next Level!" is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.
Although free, registration is required; guests may do so at worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar or by calling 614-807-2626.
The session is part of the library's Mark My Words writers' series, during which experienced writers share their expertise each quarter. The summer workshop will be held June 2; singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda will share insight into writing songs and lyrics.
Coleman Mahler is an adult-services librarian for Worthington Libraries.