Backstory can get a bad rap, as Janice Hardy says on her blog, The Other Side of the Story. Backstory is a critical element of your story, you just have to know how to use it. Read her post, “Baby Got Backstory: Dealing with Backstory in Your Novel,” to get the scoop.
Do you want to write a page turner? Then make your writing exciting at the sentence level. KidLit.com blogger and agent Mary Kole shows you how.
I’m always in awe of anyone who can work full-time, raise children, have non-writing interests, AND complete a manuscript. Everyone has their own way of fitting writing in their life. In, How to Write a Book When You’re Really, Really Busy, Writer’s Digest editor Chuck Sambuchino tells how he wrote his most recent novel while, among other things, working full-time, going to school at UCLA, and training for a 50-kilometer footrace.
One of the things I love about writing this blog is how much I learn in the process.
Today, I’m highlighting several excellent posts from other bloggers who inspired me. Enjoy!
In this post, Joe Bunting writes about How to use motif to enhance your writing.
Chuck Sambuchino shares Five tips for writing a novel/memoir synopsis.
Tiffany Lawson Inman writes about character emotion in Too quick to tears: Emotional timing is everything.
In the process of submitting my memoir to agents, most advice I’ve been given led me to believe that I should treat the submission process as if my book were fiction. Specifically, I should send a query letter. But at the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Conference I attended in August, the agents who wanted to see my book requested a full book proposal. And I’m glad they did.
By writing the book proposal, I was able to put together an outline of my promotional plan and other information I’ll need to market my book. In the process, I discovered some good information about the core of my book. (It’s most helpful if you write your proposal before you actually finish the book and then tweak it as needed. I wish I had).
Below are some guidelines for creating your own nonfiction book proposal. Read more