Hello, hello! Are you a brave warrior about to go into the querying trenches? Or maybe you're already in there? I've been through the querying trenches too, and signed with an agent as a proud product of the slush. Today, I've gathered several other Roaring 20's debuts to share our top advice for staying strong … Continue reading 20 Querying Tips from Roaring 20’s Debuts
So you’ve written your novel – now what? At the most simplistic level, manuscripts are composed of two things: a story and (usually) words. Often, one of those is harder for writers to develop than the other. Some writers need to do more focused learning on either the elements of story or for writing itself, … Continue reading What your Novel Pitch Might Tell You
One of the most frustrating things as a writer of any kind is having a word limit. On one hand, learning to be concise is a useful and, indeed, necessary skill; on the other, I want to write what I’m writing in however many words it needs! Magazines and websites are full of word counts … Continue reading Cutting Words
Scaffolding is the temporary assemblage of lightweight poles and platforms to provide a workspace during the construction or decoration of a building. And in writing it’s a metaphor for a problem we all encounter when we are revising. In this post I am going to break down what some examples of scaffolding, why they’re a … Continue reading What is Scaffolding?
My first drafts tend to look like murder mystery dinner parties. While that’s partially due to my Clue obsession, it’s mostly due to my overreliance on dialogue. The protagonist goes to Character A, who gives them a bit of information, and then they go to Character B, who gives them some more information, and so … Continue reading In the Study. With the Candlestick: How to Revise Dialogue-Heavy Scenes
Hello friend! Today I’m going to talk paragraph structure, mostly as it applies to description, by doing something I haven’t done since college—close reading! I’ll examine V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic not only because it’s a gem of a book and you should read it and write a review on Conglomerate-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named, but … Continue reading Building Palaces Out of Paragraphs: Sentence Linkage in V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic
Oftentimes, the hardest thing about writing something new is how to translate the composition from your head to the page. We might take notes in notebooks, scribbling ideas or pieces of dialogue for later use, but that doesn’t mean they always translate with ease. The hardest thing is the first jump, the start, and if … Continue reading Brick by Brick: How to Build a Scene from the Ground Up