Tag: writing tips

  • Generous Agents

    The holidays and the end of the year are bringing out the generous nature of agents! The 2nd Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge Deadline: 7pm. EST, Thursday, December 11, 2008. Who: Literary agent Nathan Bransford, Curtis Brown, San Francisco office What: Post the first paragraph of your WIP and compete for the prize of…

  • 3 Writing Tips from the Season

    Creative writing tips, courtesy of the season: Peppermints! When you add sensory details to a story, the most common is visual details. The two most neglected are olfactory (smell) and gustatory (taste). Flavors of the season are peppermint, cinnamon and cloves. Gifts! Give your character something to hold in his/her hands. It’s one of the…

  • Snooping on Characters

    I’ve been reading a great new psychology book that should help in developing characters, especially the settings which reveal so much about a character. Snoop Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You by Sam Gosling, Ph.D. is a fascinating book by a psychologist who studies a person’s environment and what that environment says about you.…

  • Hook an Agent

    Here’s a redux from Miss Snark’s archived website: how to write a great hook for a novel? You would use this short paragraph as you compose a cover letter or a query letter. How to Write a Great Novel Hook The indomitable Miss Snark suggested that you structure a hook for your story along these…

  • A Washington Voice Retreat

    Western Washington SCBWI Retreat: Voice The retreat was great. There were about 40-45 people there and they were split into two groups. Group A came to me, while Group B went to Patti Gauch, then we swapped for the same presentation again. I sorta knew how Patti would approach voice (and I might have done…

  • 3 NaNoWriMo Tips to Make Revision Easier

    NaNoWriMo is in full swing! That means over 50,000 writers are slugging out 50,000 words, working on the first draft of a novel, in the 30 days of November. But I’m thinking ahead to December when that first rough draft needs revision. Here are 3 things to keep in mind as you’re writing that first…