Oct 28, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
Well, you did it. You've gone and pledged your November to the pursuit of the month-long novel. Whether this is your first or eleventh NaNoWriMo, we're thrilled to have you writing with us."
What have I gotten myself into? Well, this was my thinking....
What if I were to write something without constantly editing myself? What if the goal was quantity not quality? What if I ignored all my responsibilities- husband, house, children- and just wrote my little heart out? What if instead of writing a picture book, I wrote a 50,00 word YA novel that I could later edit and cut down to a reasonable length?
Are hormones making me crazy? You betcha! But does this actually make sense for me to do? Yes, it does. If I'm going to grow as a writer I have to challenge myself. What better way to do that than a 50,000 word, one-month writing marathon? National Novel Writing Month- take up your pen and join me!
Oct 6, 2009
Oct 4, 2009
- Whenever the slush pile starts to tip over is when the editorial staff starts to deal with it.
- Your ms has 20 seconds to impress an editor.
- It cost about $30,000 to bring a book to market; most books don’t make that money back.
- You are going to be rejected! Even award winners still have manuscripts rejected.
- Focus on your craft and the rest will follow.
- Only 2% of the slush pile is worth looking at.
- Focus on character. Let your character get in to trouble, don’t spare them pain and suffering. Your main character has to change- or why would the reader care?
- Your main character must want something! Their situation needs to get worse before it gets better. Put a fire under the feet of your main character!
- Keep moving the story forward.
- Make the reader laugh, make them cry- make them WAIT! Pull your reader along; don’t give it all away too soon.
- Chapters for novels: if one starts out positive, end it negative and vice versa.
- Don’t have more than three characters in the first chapter, you’ll lose the reader.
- Read like a chef eats, taste for the ingredients and how it was put together.
- Revision is like a quilt, rip it apart at the seams and redesign it.
- Read. Write. Repeat.
- KEEP THE FAITH!
* A picture of an actual slush pile that Tracie used in her power point. It scared me when I saw it!