Don’t force a “logline” into a query (Query critique)

Don’t force a “logline” into a query (Query critique)

If you’d like to nominate your own page or query for a public critique, kindly post them here in the discussion forums: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog And, of course, if you need help more urgently or privately, I’m available for edits and consultations! Now then. Time for the Query...

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How has your time shifted in the past five years?

How has your time shifted in the past five years?

Social media. Video games. The NY Times Crossword app. There are more distractions out there than ever. It sure seems like a few years ago people started reading fewer books and spending a whole lot more time on their phone. But then, at least anecdotally in my circles, there’s been a backlash to social media and now people are devoting more time to...

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The power of competing desires in a story

The power of competing desires in a story

Every character in your novel has to want something. Full stop. When you reduce novels down to their essence, novels are about a bunch of characters who want different things bumping up against each other to see who gets what. For your minor characters, the things they want can be relatively simple and straightforward. But for your protagonist… 1)...

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List of societal changes and threats

List of societal changes and threats

I’ve written previously about how important change is to a setting. In a great setting there are often forces outside of the protagonist’s control that are roiling the calm and shifting the dynamics within a society. To aid your brainstorming process, especially if you’re writing science fiction or fantasy, here’s a list of societal...

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What to do when your manuscript is “quiet” (This week in books)

What to do when your manuscript is “quiet” (This week in books)

Hawaii. Photo by me. Follow me on Instagram! This week! Books! The fallout continued from the implosion of Romance Writers of America. Their annual awards, the RITAs, have been canceled this year. They plan to regroup and retroactively issue the awards for both 2019 and 2020 next year. You haven’t really started going through the submission process...

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