In previous posts, I wrote about the top reasons why submissions are rejected. These posts were written based on my experience as an editorial intern at Entangled Publishing. They were short and straight to the point. For Raimey Gallant's #AuthorToolboxBlogHop, I've decided to expand on some of those points - starting with the first chapter. In most … Continue reading #AuthorToolboxBlogHop: Writing a strong first chapter
In my last post, I mentioned some reasons for which submissions were rejected. Here are some others that have contributed to a rejection. Problematic representation / Stereotypes: I think anyone keeping up with the industry is aware that people are being increasingly vocal about this issue. There was this one submission we received, it's the closest I've come … Continue reading Reasons why your submission was rejected (part 2)
Rejection is a word every writer knows all too well. The reasons for that rejection aren't always as clear (hello, form rejections!). I've listed a few reasons why a submission may have been rejected below. Lack of external goals: Characters need an external goal, not just an internal one, meaning they need an objective. They have to be … Continue reading Reasons why your submission was rejected
Recently, I've noticed a lot of questions on narration. People seem concerned with whether they should write in the 1st or 3rd person. If you're concerned that writing in 3rd person won't allow deeper access to a character's interiority - don't be. The reason for this is because there's a difference between the narrator and the … Continue reading Narrative Perspective
I had the chance to interview Alice on the upcoming Scrivathon. She tells me all about the event, and how to participate in the charity word sprint. 1. Hi, Alice. Thank you so much for doing this. Can you tell us about Scrivathon and when it's taking place? Alice : Scrivathon is a 24 hour … Continue reading Interview with A.Y. Chao on Scrivathon 2016
I've acted as a CP and editor for several manuscripts, and I'm always quick to pick up on what works, and what doesn't, in the first chapter. I realize there are already a number of articles and posts out there on this very topic, but it never hurts to have another one. Don't: Start with … Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts For a First Chapter
I've mentioned this before, but acting has helped me become a better writer. I'd honestly recommend to any writer to take an acting class, or a scene study class. What does acting have to do with writing? In a typical acting class, unless you're doing a cold read, you'll be given a script ahead of … Continue reading How Acting Classes Made Me a Better Writer.