Show Don’t Tell!

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So I was browsin’ along through my emails and found a tutorial on how the whole “show don’t tell” thingy came to be. Sent from the fabulous WD of course. Then it occurred to me that you should be aware of ALL of the fabulous WD tutorials. We’ve discussed the webinars. But they also have really helpful tutorials. Sooo hop on over and check out the impressive list of “HELP ME!!” resources!

http://tutorials.writersdigest.com/

WEBINAR TIME!!

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I know it costs. But these truly are worth the money for a few reasons: A) It comes from a reliable professional source. You know you’re getting quality up to date info. And #2) It comes with a free critique!! I don’t care how you spin it,free advice from the brain of a pro is priceless and worth the cost all by itself! Check it out!
http://www.writersdigestshop.com/the-art-of-the-query-live-webinar?et_mid=682368&rid=239109449

Ooooh! Now here’s a great little nugget!

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Yes, this is short and sweet today. But don’t we all wonder this when querying? I totally do!! While some agents are happy to reject your work via email one hour after you send it to them, many agents take months to respond! Some never respond! Now, give them a little bit of a break. They get a gazillion queries a day. But how great is it that we have a little guide below to let us know when it’s okay to bug them! Take a gander!

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-long-until-you-can-follow-up-on-query-letter?et_mid=675664&rid=239109449

More Homework??

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Okay, so I know I’ve been pushing homework a lot lately. Stop whining. I’m helping. These are really good resources for you! Conferences can be pricey, so online webinars are a good alternative and you can always trust the info you’re getting from WD. Are you working on Middle Grade? Check this one out!

http://www.writersdigestshop.com/writing-and-selling-middle-grade-fiction?et_mid=675249&rid=239109449

This is not a competition!

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I hear this so often in writing circles, articles, even at writing conferences. Writers who put down other writers. I know, right?? 

This is a thing! When I first started writing I was so consumed with my own work I really didn’t give much thought to what might be going on with other writers around me. I wasn’t too involved in the writing community so I didn’t really know the wins and fails of other authors. As I began attending conferences and classes I would hear speakers say, “You may feel jealous or resentful when another author you know gets a big book deal.” That struck me as so odd. Why would I ever feel bitter toward another writer for achieving the dream? How immature! Isn’t that what we are all working our butts off for? …And then it happened to me. A few times. I witnessed a writer pal find an agent, get a book deal, reach the dream.

I was appalled at myself for feeling jealous. This isn’t me! I am happy for these writers! And I was. And I am! They have worked and slaved to get it right and they deserve to have the dream. But these thoughts do run through our minds. Why hasn’t my book been snatched up by an agent? When will I find a publisher?

It isn’t a competition. It isn’t. We are not on a team. We are not racing for a gold medal of which there is only one. We are artists, expressing stories that only we can express. NO one will ever write your book the way you will. Sure there are common trends and themes that get used a lot. But only you will write yours in the way you write it. 

The trick is to work on bettering your own writing and becoming your own personal best. Just because those around you have found success first doesn’t mean your day isn’t coming. It is. You can’t keep doing something over and over and not get better at it. And while you’re working at it, be supportive and excited for those you know whose work has finally paid off. You know what it’s like! It is hard! Give them their kudos!

If you keep working and maintain a positive attitude, your kudos will come as well. I promise. Be a good sport. Be a cheerleader for all writers. We are all contributing to the same pot!!

Setting Goals

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Remember Bob? Paralyzed by fear of…well…everything? We can learn a thing or two from Bob Wiley because he faced his fears and overcame them. Hopefully we won’t need to be strapped to fifty tons of dynamite to learn how to get moving.

Let us examine. You sit down at your computer and turn it on. You are going to get a few hours of writing done, dag nab it! Even if it kills you. You notice your FB icon and you say to yourself, “I’ll just check really quick to see if there is anything I need to attend to. A half an hour later you are chatting online with your bestie three states away and you’ve accomplished nothing.

This kind of thing happens more often than you might think when a writer has an unfinished MS. I was at a writing group meeting once where we were discussing our writing habits. One guy said. “I have to stop finding excuses not to write and just sit down and start typing!”

Writing can be really hard. Writer’s block sucks big time and we often feel overwhelmed by the task of completing a story and doing it well. Great writers everywhere have moments of doubt, believing they aren’t skilled enough to conquer the beast. This is when many of us chicken out and find something else to do. This is how books don’t get written.

SET GOALS. If you set goals for yourself and force yourself to stick to those goals you’ll be surprised at how much you get done, and you might actually finish that manuscript! Nothing good comes easy and as the saying goes “you get out of it what you put into it”. So stop making excuses and start setting goals. Your book wants to be done and your story wants to be told!!

 

What is New Adult Fiction?

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It’s an up and coming genre!…Well, actually it is already here and has been for a while. But it has taken a bit to get recognized and acknowledged with book stores, libraries and even agencies and publishers. But not so any more! There are big name agents out there who are specifically requesting to see New Adult fiction! 

What is New Adult fiction, you ask? New Adult is a category that falls between Young Adult and Adult Fiction. The characters are usually college bound, in college or in the age group of 18-25. There are several New Adult novels out there and you could be writing them! If you have the means, here is an ultra fab boot camp geared toward this particular category!!

http://register.writersonlineworkshops.com/Course?CourseId=1501-41&utm_source=WDPromo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wdklpb042514&et_mid=671245&rid=239109449

Finding You’re Inspiration

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I live in Moab, Utah. Enough said.

Okay, maybe I need to elaborate a little bit. If you don’t know anything about Moab or the Southern Utah area I am just sad for you. It is magical. I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth- I mean, look at the landscape above this post…or below this paragraph! It’s like a Hollywood movie creation! (Actually, several films have been made here because of it’s fabulousness).

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My point- inspiration for writing is everywhere. I am lucky to be able to look out my window and be inspired by the above photo. But inspiration can come from far lesser things. It can come from a person you see on the street. A small stream you drove by at some point, or an odd object you saw in a museum…or in your kitchen sink…don’t ask.

So today, while you’re out and about, take a look around. Notice some things that you may have missed had you not been paying attention. And if you find a strange object in your kitchen sink, consider calling the authorities before you get too inspired…I said don’t ask!!

Listen Up Folks!

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Okay, this is SO important. No kidding around here! (Well…I might a little…) but when you are looking for an agent to represent your work it is crucial that you write a catchy query letter- no, I don’t mean  be snarky and suave. I mean do your research and learn what to include in the letter and what NOT to include.

Did you know there are several things that will make an agent hit “delete” and move on to the next query? Wouldn’t you like to know what those are so you can avoid them? This link will take you to a reputable source who will teach you the ins and outs of writing that letter and doing it well. Check it out!

http://janefriedman.com/2014/04/11/query-letters/