Welcome to Episode 3 in the Journey of Prose. If you’re behind, be sure to check out Episode 1 and Episode 2. Today’s focus is knowing when to worry about prose. Unless you’re a professional writer who’s been writing everyday for years (and knows what is considered publishable writing), then I wouldn’t suggest worrying about prose … More Journey in Prose: The 3 Levels of Prose Edits
We take a break from our Journey in Prose for a moment of inspiration. Writing with the intention to publish is not for the weak hearted, it’s not for the weak willed and it’s most certainly not for the unambitious. Publishable writing means endless waiting to hear back from agents and editors, rejections by the fistful, … More Do you Have a Goal… or a Dream?
Welcome to the second rendition of The Journey of Prose. If you missed the first of the series, click here. (This will take you to the original AJFlowers author site.) Today’s focus, 5 Common Pitfalls. The first time you took pen to paper and tried to write a story it’s likely that it came out simply as information. … More The Journey of Prose: 5 Common Pitfalls
The goal of being a writer is pretty simple: Transcribe ideas from Point A (Your brain) to Point B (The Blank Page – eek!). Of course that’s stripping it down to its bare bones. (Sorry all bards and minstrels that just rolled over in your graves.) So now the magical question, how do you accomplish this … More The Journey of Prose: Unique Style? Or Just Poor Prose
After the overwhelming interest in 4 Tips to a Stellar First Chapter, I’ve made this complimentary post upon request. Now, the reason I got a publisher’s feedback on how to shape up my first chapter was because I first won a Twitter Pitch Contest. This just show the benefit of winning a Twitter Pitch Contest that … More 4 Tips to a Stellar Twitter Pitch
Are you ready for NaNoWriMo? Here’s an idea to help you keep up with word count. One of my writing partners recently injured his hand and it was put into a cast. I was very impressed that instead of giving up writing for a few months, he bought Dragon Speech to Text Software and managed … More 3 Reasons to “Speak” your Manuscript
A Publisher hated my first chapter…and told me how to fix it. Now I share what I’ve learned with you. The first chapter is your first impression, your moment of truth, your novel’s chance to sink or swim. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to land an agent, get an editor’s attention, or simply … More 4 Tips for a Stellar First Chapter
When you wrote your first book, did you consider who was going to read it? Let me rephrase that: Who was going to want to read it? Probably not. You took the first few years to get through the grueling draft you believed would never end. Then end it did, and you couldn’t have been more thrilled. … More Authors… Who Are You Writing For?
I decided to research my favorite authors and how they developed their stories. The question is, what is it that makes a novel successful? Is there a special formula? Here are the results for your enjoyment. First on the list: CS Friedman, which is my first favorite because of her dark epic fantasy Feast of Souls … More The Formula of a Bestselling Novel