Monday, May 27, 2013

BREAKING REJECTION JITTERS



Most writers have experienced a plummeting feeling with the rejection of their work. The inclination to stop submitting to agents and publishers is overwhelming because no one wants negative feedback on a manuscript they’ve labored over.  Well, snap out of it! Man up and dust yourself off!

Your dedication toward writing keeps you up at night toiling over your book. Of course, the love-of-the-craft is why you do it; that and the gratification of having others enjoy your stories, right? Then, why not perfect your skills? Proofread it until your eyes crisscross and then proofread it again.  Visualize the characters and scenes in your head.  Hear their voices and how they interact with one another.

While pursuing your literary dreams, know that there is an impending “yes” in your future. Keep in mind, all rejection notices are not created equal. If you’re lucky to receive a personalized notice, take heed to the advice given. It means you are getting close.

Although receiving rejection letters can be an objectionable and often daunting experience, try looking at it from a professional standpoint.  It is all part of the process. Publishers and agents have a specific goal and if your work doesn’t line up with their agenda, continue your search for a more advantageous, business relationship. In the meantime, don’t stress.  You’ll get there with hard work and perseverance.

How do you handle rejection notices?

Monday, May 20, 2013

TACKLING THE DROOPING MIDDLE


Your novel starts out like a rocket, and the ending keeps the reader on the edge to the very last word.  Yet, the middle is starving.  So what should the middle of your story include?

For starters, it must include significant events that draw the protagonist closer to achieving a specific goal in the story.

The pace of your story is crucial.  You don’t want the middle to fizzle, thus, leaving the reader falling asleep on an essential scene. Remember, if it’s boring for you to reread, it is likely the same sentiment for the reader.

Your characters should have a strong voice and emotion that draw-in the reader. The middle is no time to hide their distinct personalities and challenges dealing with conflict.

Keep in mind, dialogue speeds up the action, so avoid going more than two pages without it. Your middle will gain momentum if you have a well-defined plot and the ability to amuse the reading audience.

Additional reads . . .

Beginnings, Middle, and Endings


 

Stuck in the Middle of your Story? Try Prompts!


 

Monday, May 13, 2013

DEFINING YOURSELF AS A SUCCESSFUL WRITER


 It is unrealistic to think that there is a magic number which marks a writer’s success, especially in this fickle literary industry.  Yet, becoming a hit as an author may not necessarily render immediate income that allows you to quit your day job. So how does one define being successful in such a competitive business?

For starters, toss aside the notion of making millions your first book out with a movie deal to follow. Yes, it happens, but, it’s one-in-a-million! Think of the reasons you chose this profession in the first place, which is your love for writing.

Focus on launching yourself as a dedicated professional, author, which entails a great profile through social media. Read everything you can get your hands on such as, magazines, news articles and books.

Establishing long and short-term goals can help to guide you through each phase of your writing career. Be mindful to bypass projects that detract from your main ambition, or embracing unrealistic timelines.

These days, a writer should be involved in marketing their work, provided there are no contractual stipulations. Being regarded as a successful writer is a dream of many. After all, a great amount of time went into your craft.  And for that, there is no dollar amount that can truly match it.