On December 24th, I completed the manuscript of my first novel. All told, it's over 96,000 words in 26 chapters. I pushed myself to get it done during my vacation, so I then could focus on editing. I have my beta readers all lined up as well, along with questions for them to answer.... Continue Reading →
I’m about to break a rule and kinda-sorta talk politics. But it’s for a good reason. There was a post that came up on a FB Writer’s Group that I belong to that really stirred the pot. But the OP wasn’t doing it on purpose. It was a simple post asking for advice about a... Continue Reading →
I have always been a lover of stationary. Notebooks, pens, folders--those make me swoon. I do most of my writing though on my laptop, but I can't carry it around very easily.
It's funny how writers can turn something so painful into something beautiful. Maybe we are witches after all
It is said that when you hate someone you are giving them space in your head rent free and that hating someone does no good.
I was scrolling through Twitter and I have seen posts with pictures that writers use to help with their novel. At first I was like 'why? shouldn't the novel come your imagination?'
So you’ve huffed and puffed and struggled and slogged, and, finally, you have produced a query (a Query Letter and Writing Sample). The query is akin to a terrible in-law—you had to suffer its presence for far too long, and now you want it gone. You’re more than ready to send it. Now what?
That’s right. Don’t. Proofread the thing instead. Already proofread? Have someone else take a quick look.
You may think it’s fine, but you would not believe how many queries are riddled with mistakes. Some of them would have otherwise been great queries. Your Query Letter and Sample are reflective of your entire manuscript, and though an agent will often do editorial work for an author she represents, she’d rather not fix your whole book line-by-line. Most importantly, errors can overpower story; if there are too many, an agent will reject your book before they…
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I think this clears up the stress of the dreaded synopsis in a fun way.
Ever heard of Pokémon? It’s a Nintendo GameBoy game that’s all-the-rage with the kids these days. In the game, you come across monsters called Pokémon, catch them, and train them. You see thousands of Pokémon, and in this way, you’re kind of like an agent in a sea of synopses: all the Pokémon, all the synopses… well, they all look the same.
But every now and then, you have a 1 in 8,192 chance of coming across a Pokémon that is a different color. These are called “shiny” Pokémon, and they are so rare that any hardcore nerd would freak out when they see one. And THAT is what you want your Synopsis to be: the one shiny Synopsis in all the others that makes an agent freak out.
The synopsis piece of your Query Letter is a description of your book, just like the one…
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This contains some of the best tips for writers that I have read in a long time.
Last week, I started a list of things NOT TO DO in your Writing Sample. Here’s the rest:
1) Too Much Exposition.
Don’t bog your story down with detail that you can give later. Readers don’t need the complete history of your character—or her situation, or her world—instantly. Release these tidbits over time. This includes…
2) Relentless Description.
Don’t list the complete physical appearance of every character the moment they appear. How characters look should be given piecemeal, and naturally—not all at once, and falsely. Speaking of….
3) Self-Descriptive Present Tense.
Present-tense speakers aren’t going to insert their own physical appearance into every available space. (As in, “I tossed my red-gold hair.”) Find an indirect way to describe them.
You can’t give normal dreams real meaning (if you can even write a normal dream to begin with). As for magical dreams, I don’t see why EVERY MAGIC-RELATED…
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