Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
CRAFT: How to show the reader a character's skills/powers/whatever without being boring.
PROMOTION: What to do with extra galleys (ARCs) before you are published.
PROMOTION: The value of having short stories in anthologies.
BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING: Cost comparisons between paper and ebooks.
ONLINE IDEA GENERATORS: A list of plot, worldbuilding, name, etc., generators to get the ideas flowing.
TWITTER FOR WRITERS: For those who Twitter, here are some excellent resources for writers.
BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING: That live appointment with an editor or agent at a convention. How to be "beautiful."
BUSINESS OF WRITING: Why you should keep copies of everything you write.
WORLDBUILDING: The world or the story? Which should come first?
CRAFT: Rearranging to make your book stronger.
CRAFT: The antagonist and the protagonist. A really nice piece on how each works with the other in a story.
PROMOTION: Using your email list for promotion.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING: How enhanced ebook rights can derail a movie deal.
PROMOTION: Tips for online promotion courtesy of Kensington's Digital Content/Marketing Manager.
MARKETS/AGENTS: Listing of publishers and agents looking for YA and kid books.
MARKETS: Trends in Middle Grade SF
MARKETS: Trends in Teen SF.
CRAFT: A misunderstanding is not a major conflict.
MARKETS: Contemporary romance isn't dead.
RESOURCES: Ten of the best websites for authors, new and experienced.
CRAFT: Backstory. An excellent twelve part series on how to include backstory in your novel.
BUSINESS OF WRITING: The possibilities of using apps for the iPad to create an enhanced book.
CRAFT: Situation ideas versus character ideas to create a novel.
Monday, May 17, 2010
QUESTION: Writers are often told that editors and readers hate flashbacks, but I see them, some of them full scenes, used all the time. What gives?
The first thing you must consider is the kind of book you're talking about. Flashbacks are quite common in literary fiction, not very common in genre (popular fiction).
Literary fiction and some mainstream fiction aren't concerned with plot and linear time (one event followed by another event). In fact, plot suspense is often tossed away by having the end of the book revealed at the beginning of the book.
Popular fiction, however, depends on plot and linear time, and the reader wants to see what happens next.
Flashbacks are a major speed bump which slows or stops the reader's forward movement through the story. The reader must pause and readjust at the beginning of the flashback and then again at the resumption of the regular plot. That pause can be fatal to the reader's immersion into the story.
Most flashbacks are poorly done, even in published writing, and the inexperienced writer would be wise to avoid them entirely because they give too much information which can be deleted without a loss to the story. Instead, the important bits can be sprinkled judiciously through the story with dialogue and interiors.
ASK ME A QUESTION: I welcome questions on craft and publishing. Ask me via the comments section of this blog, or via my website marilynnbyerly.com. I've had to moderate the comments section of this blog because of spam so your comment will not appear immediately.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
CRAFT: Why cliffhangers can be bad.
WORLDBUILDING: Interesting article on how Monica Burns used her interests in Roman history to create a contemporary paranormal series.
CRAFT: Being risky and not in your writing.
CRAFT: The use of placeholders in an early draft.
BUSINESS OF WRITING: How to find an honest publisher or agent.
CRAFT: Creating a great voice.
THE NOVEL PITCH: What an agent or editor wants to hear when you give a live query at a conference.
CREATING A PROTAGONIST FROM THE GROUND UP:
Monday, May 10, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
THE BUSINESS OF WRITING: The false assumptions about being a pro writer and the painful realities.
PROMOTION: How to hit the NY Times bestseller list.
MARKET: "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine" is now taking electronic submissions.
BUSINESS OF WRITING: Finding the courage to submit your works.
MARKET: SCARY KISSES anthology now open for submissions.
CRAFT: The three things a scene needs.
BUSINESS OF WRITING: Why you should behave yourself online if you want a writing career.
CRAFT: Starting your novel at the wrong place.
PROMOTION: Post your author events for free.
MARKET: Sf, fantasy, and horror short stories.
CRAFT: Listening to real live conversation to create great dialogue.
MARKET: Tor.com short story guidelines.
BUSINESS OF WRITING: Setting long term goals for your writing career.