This article by Jim Behrle in The Awl, “How To Write The Great American Novel,” is basically the funniest thing that I’ve read in at least a year.
“Why should I care about your story? You have a bad job and want to be doing something different but feel paralyzed because of something and so you gchat with your friends all day the end. Collins and Martin keep you reading deep into the night because at the end of a chapter Katniss’ head suddenly falls off. And you’re like, her head just fell off??? I have to keep reading. Like holy crap. And so you stay up all night furiously turning pages. What happens at the end of your chapters? Someone doesn’t reply to your email or something. Or, like, 9/11 happens. I’m so fucking riveted.”
I highly recommend you read it immediately. That’s why I hyperlinked to it three times in a single post. No four.