Interested in writing for children? Don’t miss this great post on literary agent Jill Corcoran’s blog. While you’re there, check out other useful information for writers. I have heard her speak at conferences. Writers who have her as an agent are very lucky. She is warm, honest, and experienced.
The most important character in your story is the villain. If you find that your story is lacking something, you probably don’t have to look any further than the opposition. If your hero doesn’t have much to overcome, he can’t be much of a hero. The greater the evil he faces, the greater your protagonist will be. Even in stories of man against nature, it can’t just be any storm, it has to be the Perfect Storm. See what I mean? Click below for some great ways to make your opposition more effective–and more original.
Find out about the third person objective. It’s probably not a good choice if you are not writing a screenplay, but if you are curious about it, here’s a good introduction with suggestions for making it work.
If you have checked market guidelines lately, you know picture book manuscripts are shorter than ever. Read the post below to find out why.
Here’s another in a terrific series of posts summarizing basic plots on The Write Practice blog. For a quick review of the bottom line of storytelling, take an hour or so and review the basic plots covered on the site. It may save you years of learning the hard way.
Here’s an article I’m going to be studying. You might want to take a look, too. It summarizes what sends up red flags for readers (agents or not).
Here’s an interview with a top literary agent about the first five pages of your novel. Amy Boggs is currently open to queries. See her preferences on the Donald Maass Literary Agency site. (Also, be sure to read The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. It’s amazing!)
Here are some thoughts on everyone’s favorite occupation–plot smashing. Especially since top book pitches now follow the _____ meets ______ in ________ screenplay convention.
Every story has already been told, many times. Why not just update a favorite? Well, you can, but that’s just a beginning. Click on the link below for important elements to consider.
Make your character commit to action. Read why this is important and how to do it in Kristen Lamb’s blog.