It's been a helluva week. Things started out great on Monday. I got to meet my Editor in person, which was beyond awesome—we sat down over coffee and started chatting like old friends. In fact, I felt so comfortable talking with her that it was hard to believe we'd only ever interacted electronically, either via … Continue reading Argh! The Pressure!
Thanks to a tweet by an author I follow, I was recently introduced to the screenwriting self-help book Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder. Deciding that I could use all the help I can get, especially with plotting, I bought it and dove in. As I've read through it, I've been alternately elated and crushed by … Continue reading Saving the Cat and Other Adventures
One of the common writing problems I have (and I know I'm not alone) is the tendency to "tell" rather than "show" details in my story. I have found it almost painful at times to excise a few paragraphs of exposition for something more subtle yet visceral. It's one of those things that I have to … Continue reading A Monologue on Dialogue
Yesterday I emailed my CPs with an uncomfortable confession: I didn't have anything new for them to read for our next meeting. Since their feedback on a full draft, I've been spinning my wheels in the revision mud; I just can't get any traction on rearranging, cutting, and adding the necessary plot points. But today … Continue reading Minor Breakthrough