Friday, May 27, 2011

Ignite the Flame!

If you spin tales of love and romance, don't miss this chance to get your work in front of a literary agent or editor. Just submit the 15 pages of your romance novel that start the magic between your hero and heroine.

You only have until May 31 to get your entries submitted. The Young Adult category is judged by Laura Bradford of the Bradford Agency. Check out the link below!

http://www.cofw.org/contest.html

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Show versus tell

I'm going back through the completed manuscript of the Time Keeper's Daughter now to eradicate those evil moments where I'm telling, telling, telling instead of sucking the reader right down into the action to live it with my characters.

I want you to smell Eddie's cologne the way Annie does when she first meets him, not just know he's wearing it. I want you to plunge into that first love attraction that makes two gallons of Abercrombe scent taste like a promise of long, sweet kisses.

It's amazing how often we tell, tell, tell when we could just show.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Quick Update on Retreating...

The writer's retreat was a great experience, although I will agree with Stephen King about not actually doing much writing during a retreat. Spending a weekend with people who are willing to look at your work, brainstorm writing ideas and explaing the publishing business, who are funny, smart and kind is always worth the time, however.