Whoa, was I off base…

So, cut to: Guide to Literary Agents blog. I’m entering the 30th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest [URL is also below]. Requirements: A first page of an unpublished middle grade fiction manuscript. I pulled up a favorite piece and fully expected the first 300 words to need a mere light Read more…

Today’s mini-lesson from Accidental Genius…

This book’s subtitle is: Revolutionize Your Thinking Through Private Writing I’ve been using the book to boost my ‘morning pages’ routine. Mark Levy calls this Secret # 4: Write the Way You Think. In other words, don’t edit for any audience other than yourself. In fact, don’t even edit for yourself. Read more…

A ‘digest’ of previous posts…

Item 1: Meeting my work head-on… I’ve listened to and followed Srini Rao for about six months now. I always glean plenty from his insightful Unmistakable Creative podcast–a productive collaboration between himself and his guests– and from his weekly newsletter. Here is an excerpt from yesterday’s topic: “The Power of One Read more…

Meeting my work head-on…

I’ve listened to and followed Srini Rao for about six months now. I always glean plenty from his insightful Unmistakable Creative podcast–a productive collaboration between himself and his guests– and from his weekly newsletter. Here is an excerpt from yesterday’s topic: “The Power of One Focused Hour a Day”. I Read more…

Just did a thousand words of dictation…

  Very pleased, actually. Today I used Microsoft Word and it did a pretty good job of proofreading and correcting its own translations. Example…I said, “I also like the way it lets me stop in midsentence”. Its first translation included ‘get me stop in midsentence’ and it corrected itself to Read more…

What I learned/relearned today

from Writing the Breakout Novel… A good reminder to raise the stakes–private, public, or even better, both–for your main characters. Example of raised private stakes: Investigator Clarice Starling of Silence of the Lambs [Jodie Foster in the movie] needs to erase the childhood memory of the slaughtering of the lambs. More Read more…