You know the feeling you get when you learn how to do something you've tried to master since you were a kid? I have these files in my room - manila folders full of yellowed notebook paper, stories I'd written as a teenager. Short stories that I started, but never successfully finished. Oh, I finished… Continue reading Writing short to write long…
It's been three weeks since I sent out my first five agent queries for Oldsters. After hitting send on those emails, I've put that process out of my mind for now. I left Eddie and his friends at the end of the story and hope that my first attempt at a query letter will garnish some kind… Continue reading The Waiting Game
So you've written a thoughtful and interesting beginning for the scene, and you've built tension in the middle, using obstacles and conflict...now it's time to wind your scene down. Time to leave a breadcrumb that your readers will want to pick up, digest and follow the trail to the rest of your story! I've read many… Continue reading Scene-Building: Endings
Last time, we talked about the different choices in constructing scene beginnings. Today is all about the middle. This is the meat of the scene - we have to carry through on the promise we made at the beginning, and start building the tension that will carry the story forward. The middle of a scene is… Continue reading Scene-Building: Middles
Scenes are the core building blocks of my fiction writing style. I don't think in chapters at all anymore, except as a big-picture timeline of the story. It is the individual scene where I can meet my characters head on and discover what they have to say at any given time during the tale. Don't… Continue reading Scene-Building: Beginnings
If you're a regular reader, you know that the rule I break most often during the writing process is editing while I go. I've always been a rule breaker, accepted & moved on. With that said, I still have to maintain a list of things I'll want to go back and either make sure I… Continue reading What’s on your ‘Project Notes’ list?
So we all know it's important to start your story with a bang, right? Grab your readers (or prospective agents/publishers) quick...I mean really quick! The first sentence, the first page, the first chapter - writers pour blood, sweat and tears into getting this right. And since I'm still in the early chapters of my novel,… Continue reading The Vault #2: First Impressions ~ Getting their Attention