How do you know if the dialogue is bad? Most writers fall into the pits of bad dialogue and most professors or industry professionals will throw around the phrase “on the nose.”
I know some of you are self-publishing, but it’s still crucial to have your pitch and sell it to everyone you meet! Besides, it’s the best step in querying, writing your blurb, and your synopsis. When do I need to have my pitch? Nail your one-sentence pitch ASAP for any and all encounters: agents, editors, everyone in the bookstore/library, your skeptical parents or grandparents, nosy parents of your kids’ friends whom you are forced to have conversations with periodically, and especially anyone from your past that has wronged you, snubbed you, or doubted you. HAVE THAT SHIT DOWN!
Many Dos and Don’ts swirl in our writer-brains, and I’m not even talking about all the non-writing-related clutter in our heads. Yes, the list can be long, but if you keep these 5 tips to avoid when writing in your back pocket, you can focus on getting words on paper and giving yourself grace on the days you don’t.
A painter learns to manipulate shapes and colors, just like a writer needs to shape the language and style to create their art.
Literary devices give the writers an opportunity to take their writing from acceptable to captivating by adding depth and layers for the reader to unfold. It’s not a one-size-fits-all rule–instead it’s a style guide for how your story can take shape in the most vivid way possible.
Breaking down a LIVE 1ST CH EDIT to help your fiction novel hook readers #001 I’ll go over everything from dialogue tips, show vs tell, characterization, pacing and tension, prologue help, finding your voice as a writer, and the importance of using the 5 senses when describing your setting.
Formatting your manuscript is a necessary step in publishing your book. Whether you’re going through your first edits or sending it off to a publisher, a clean and well-structured manuscript is essential in getting it ready for success.