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What’s the Connection Between Good Storytelling and Puzzles?

What makes a story compelling? Is it the plot? The characters? The thematic subtext? A clear beginning, middle and end? Conflict and resolution? There are lots of things a writer might think about while crafting a story – a lot that he or she may want to accomplish while telling the tale. According to creative […]

A Muse and a MazeWhat makes a story compelling? Is it the plot? The characters? The thematic subtext? A clear beginning, middle and end? Conflict and resolution?

There are lots of things a writer might think about while crafting a story – a lot that he or she may want to accomplish while telling the tale. According to creative writing professor Peter Turchi, at the heart of all storytelling are magic, mystery and puzzles to solve. And not just traditional whodunits, but all stories.

Turchi, who teaches creative writing at the University of Houston, explores this connection between puzzles, mystery and magic in his new book A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic.

Peter appears Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at Houston’s Brazos Bookstore.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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