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Editor and Author, Renee Gray Wilburn has graciously hosted me on her blog A Way With Words Writing. If you need to breathe some life into your characters, read about character development, and while you’re there check out some of Renee’s excellent posts on writing and editing. Thank you Renee!
Stevie Nicks’ advice to an idol contestant: “It doesn’t matter about your big voice, it matters about your heart.” That’s what’s going to translate, to draw people in.
No matter how great the voice is, if the words ring hollow, if there is nothing of substance behind them, you won’t connect with your audience. You have to be an actor as well as a singer. And a good actor makes the viewer believe what he’s saying is true; that what he is “feeling” is real. Read the rest of this entry »
Editors and agents want to see your face.
“I’m a writer, not a model,” you say, “so what’s the big deal?”
Being picked up by an agent or a publishing house takes more than writing skills. Hundreds of queries and manuscripts cross their desks every month. Calculating the human ability to give thorough attention to each one of these, well, it just isn’t humanly possible. This kind of competition means that regardless of your talent and experience you have to stand out.
….And you don’t do that by submitting pink, perfumed query letters, or sending along a box of chocolates with your manuscript. Read the rest of this entry »
You know you have it in you to write. You can see the character’s faces and hear their voices. The names you’ve christened them with are as familiar to you as a close family member. You even have a few scenes rolling around in your head that excite you. But what do you do when you’re missing the most important element to bring it all together? What do you do when you just don’t have a story?
When you find yourself in this place, look no further than what’s happening around you. Truth really isn’t stranger than fiction. If truth be told, no pun intended, fiction is real life that happens to fake people. Read the rest of this entry »
Finding Your Rhythm
Pacing is the rhythm or tempo that determines how fast or slow a story reads. It’s also what a writer uses in each scene to hook their reader and draw them into the emotion or mood of their character’s experiences and into their fictional world.
My first introduction to the term pacing was when I received a critique of a writing sample that I submitted to a writer’s guild. Although I could make a vague guess, I have to admit that at the time I didn’t know what pacing actually was. Fortunately my feedback was positive, but just as I needed to know what I was doing wrong I also needed to know what I was doing right, and I was clueless.
My newly discovered ignorance was incentive to educate myself on writer’s terminology and what it means in terms of becoming a successful writer…So here is a little of what I have learned… Read the rest of this entry »