Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Not sure if this is because I'm on a bit of a hiatus with the manuscript at ICM and I can't send it anywhere else, or if it has to do with the impending loss of my full time job. The larger issues in my life overwhelming the tracking of what still is a hobby.
I suppose this type of malaise is better than the alternative. An alternative where I would get revved up only to feel crushed when the rejections came.
Nevertheless, got five more rejections yesterday, hardly seemed to notice.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
What Makes Characters Interesting
Narrative energy, ABC – Always Be Conflicting, Characters must want something and have obstacles in their way preventing their getting it. Don’t make perfect characters.
Plot twists are narrative gold. The more you can genuinely surprise the reader the better. Lead with plot twists as they are exciting.
Three Act Structure
Provides enough change to keep the story dynamic. Characters always need to be in movement.
Set up expectations then don’t fulfill them or deny them. Someone off doing something they shouldn’t be. The reader wants the action completed, delaying the expected action sets up tension.
Action at the Beginning of the Story
Action without character is boring. Action should always lead to character development. Openn with character. Once the reader cares about the character the action is more compelling.
Beat sheet major dramatic moments of the story. The more detailed your outline the less you’ll enjoy writing. Outline non-linearly. Plug in major parts then write to link them.
Paranoia by Joe Fender
Ghost Written by David Mitchell
For the Dogs by Ken Wignall
All is Vanity by Christina Schwartz
Thursday, September 17, 2009
He did however admit that he has little to no experience with webform or email submissions.
This being the case, and knowing that I would guesstimate that I've sent over 50 partial manuscripts with my query, and am still hitting close to 10% with my query, I'm still feeling pretty comfortable.
I am now the owner of DickHannahWriting.com. At the moment I have parked Roger's site there. Need to work on that some more.
Soon I expect to put up a mockup of Toe the Line, some excerpts, as well as the ability to buy one online. I have no idea what I will do if someone actually orders a copy, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It cost me approximately $30 to print the manuscript. I had already formatted the manuscript according to the accepted conventions, so it was as easy as uploading it to the FedExKinko’s website, then picking it up once they were done. Came in a nice little box too. I took that to the post office and told them I needed it to go to New York and have enough postage so that it could be sent back. $23 later it was all done. Assuming that Kate Lee sends it back, the next full manuscript shipment will only cost that $23 bucks. Not bad I say.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but from all of the worrying I’ve read about online and in other media, it seemed like it was going to be a huge ordeal. It wasn’t. I highly recommend it.