Is a novel that takes place in one day long, or short? Is a 200,000-word novel long, or short? What if you’re James Joyce, and Odysseus, your 265,000-word novel, takes place over one day? There are different kinds of time in fiction. I call them book time and reader time. First, there’s book time: the […]
Nobody likes preachy writing. But what, exactly, makes writing preachy? Is it possible to inspire readers to change their minds and actions without being preachy?
This week’s post is a mess–but that’s kind of the point. Breaking your writer’s block doesn’t have to look pretty.
Why do publishers and agents expect unpublished authors to have a newsletter with hundreds of subscribers? What’s the point of a newsletter for an author who doesn’t have a contract yet?
What challenges can writing critique groups experience, and how should a member respond?
Whether you’re joining a group or starting your own, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Online? In person? A range of veterans to novices, or a group of peers? Once a week? Once a month?
In this article, we’ll ask the questions every critique group must ask—and give you the tools you need to answer them.
Why would you need an editor if you have a critique group? And why would you need a critique group if you have an editor?
What if you could have a whole group of people meet regularly to analyze your manuscript, for free? Sound too good to be true? It isn’t. It’s called a critique group.
“The night was dark.”
Yes, that was a real opening line. And the author had no clue how bad it was.
Is there hope for bad writers? Or is writing simply a matter of talent?
If you are writing for yourself, it doesn’t matter if you had three typos on page 43, or that chapter four is a bit redundant, or that your protagonist doesn’t make a strong first impression. None of that matters. What matters was the experience you had while writing it. But as soon as you start querying agents or put an e-book up on Amazon, everything changes.
As soon as that happens, you’re no longer writing for yourself.