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 Requirements: A first page of an unpublished middle grade fiction manuscript.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…

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…

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…