- Rejection stings--in both the dating and publishing worlds. As writers, if the editor or agent we're pursuing doesn't love us back, we need to move on (or try again later with stronger material).
- Image matters--when the women first step out of the limo and are introduced to The Bachelor, they're creating an impression. As writers, our image matters. Online, or in person at a conference, we should be aware of what we're projecting.
- We will make mistakes--Jake and Vienna anyone? Gaffes are embarrassing, but writers improve by building upon lessons learned.
- Some people hit the jackpot--Allie and Roberto. *sigh* Their battle to find each other was tough, but their romantic dreams came true. Writer bonanzas happen all around us with blogger buddies securing agents and publishing contracts.
- We should aim high--not all 30 women will win The Bachelor's heart, but that doesn't prevent them from trying. Not all writers will achieve the same level of success, but that won't keep us from pursuing a perfect love match with readers.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Have you ever experienced a partygoer who refused to leave? You know, the Spongebob type--happy and clueless while you mop the floor around their feet. Or are you that person?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
- Loss of family/friends
- Loss of security
- Loss of power
- Loss of social position
- Loss of money/job
- Loss of respect
- Loss of happiness
- Loss of love
- Loss of beauty
- Loss of physical abilities
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
- Detecting funky flow. If the reader stumbles over a sentence, it probably needs cosmetic surgery or amputation. Unless you meet over margaritas. Then you can expect the stumbling.
- Laughing together at the blemishes. If we have the right attitude, laughing together over the ugly parts helps take the sting out. Plus, our writer friends are willing to help replace that hairy mole with something of the Cindy Crawford kind.
- Elephant Skin. Writers need thick skin. We want people to read and enjoy our books, but it'll take time and polish to get them ready. Most critique partners offer free makeovers in the form of helpful analysis. See this great post about handling criticism effectively.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
The main character, Brie, had one mission: to discover the truth about her sister Faith’s death. Every line of dialog and each scene focused on Brie’s goal. Jaden didn’t bore her readers with unnecessary descriptions or extra characters. *note to self*
Sometimes I get off track with my story, and have to remind myself to stay focused. In WRITING IT RIGHT, Sandy Asher reminds us to ask ourselves the following questions:
- Whose story is this? Our main character should be clear and have a strong voice.
- What does the main character want? Our main character’s need or goal should be obvious. Is their goal worthy of the reader’s time?
- What’s standing in the character’s way? The obstacles should be evident and well-matched with our character.
- Does the main character drive the story forward?
Our first drafts might not be as focused as they should be, but hey, it can all be fixed, right?
Do you have any tricks for staying focused?