Thursday, December 30, 2010
1. Lead with a powerful scene, a witty exchange or a dazzling description.
2. Make sure the right person is telling the story.
3. Create the right amount of internal monologue.
4. Don't have too many characters.
5. Make sure the characters you do have don’t walk, talk and act the same.
6. Add texture to your story with echoes, allusions and metaphors.
7. Check to make sure every scene is necessary to move the story forward.
8. Be sure there is a sense of time and place in your story.
9. Make your dialogue lively. Listen to those around you, then use what you hear.
10. Up the ante where you can.
(Raising my glass of sparkling cider) Here’s to avoiding the slush pile and reaching our publishing dreams!
Happy New Year Everyone!!