Posts tagged Writing tips
Posts tagged Writing tips
A Map to Get Out of Writer’s Block via NY Book Editors
3) Book Riot is looking for new contributors.
4) Cute kids from the 80s talk about what books they’re reading for the Brooklyn public library. I <3 the Treasure Island kid.
Writers, really useful stuff alert! GalleyCat has gathered links to 23 pitches, for a variety of genres, to agents that ultimately ended up getting represented and sold.
I blogged for the Harlequin Blog today, gathering links to all So You Think You Can Write blogs and chats about revisions and submitting to help polish your NaNoWriMo or SYTYCW manuscripts for submission to Harlequin.
1) With NaNoWriMo winding down, io9 offers advice on How to Tell if the First Draft of Your Novel Just Isn’t Worth Salvaging.
2) Looking for an entry-level publishing job in NYC? Harlequin has a job opening for an editorial assistant.
4) EW counts down 21 Classic Opening Lines in Books. #1 for all time belongs to Pride & Prejudice. End of discussion.
- Never, ever, EVER kill the dog.
- Meetings in coffee shops are to be avoided at all costs. Exceptions: Clandestine meetings between government spies of opposite genders when said clandestine meeting simply cannot take place in a laundromat.
- Wizarding school is so over. Direct all inquiries to Ms. Rowling and Ms. Le Guin, respectively.
Bwahaha! Go read the entire list — equally split between the sarcastic (“Text messages do not exist.”) and solid advice (“Dream sequences are to be avoided at all costs.”).
I tweeted some advice about synopsis a couple nights ago while I was struggling to write cover copy for Carina Press from a not-very-complete synopsis. Since it got retweeted a bunch, thought I’d share and expand on my thoughts a bit here. The original tweets are in bold.
“Trying to write copy for a romance novel when the synopsis doesn’t include a lot about the romance & characters’ emotions is very difficult.”
This happens way more often than you’d think. Authors sometimes get too caught up with plot or external conflict details and don’t mention enough about their internal conflict and how their relationship develops alongside the other action.
“For acquisition and copywriting, synopses that cover both plot & characters’ emotional journey are much more helpful.”
For romances, my personal preference is a roughly 50/50 split between plot and emotion — something happens, followed by the characters’ reaction to it and how it impacts their relationship.
Tell us why the characters are attracted to each other (besides good looks), too.
We know the h/h will find the other attractive…but that’s not enough to convince us or the reader that the characters are unique and that they will have an HEA. Phrases like “their attraction grows” are too general. What makes it grow? What about the h/h’s personality appeals to the other?
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Harlequin editors also wrote a great post about writing synopses for So You Think You Can Write. Read it here.
National Novel Writing Month has begun! Here are some resources for writing your own book this month:
1) 60 pieces of writing advice gathered by Galleycat.
3) If you’re writing a romance, join the Harlequin Community NaNoWriMo Support Group.
1) mental_floss lists 11 Book Sequels You Probably Didn’t Know Existed.
2) NaNoWriMo begins next week, so GalleyCat asks What’s Inside Your Writing Survival Kit?
3) Apple unveiled a new version of iBooks along with the iPad Mini.
4) Publishers Weekly has some stats from a study on reading and library use by Americans 16-29. Among them: 83% reported reading a book in the past year, and ebook readers under 30 were more likely to read on a computer or cell phone than a dedicated ereader.