Natascha Morris

@SoCalledYALife

Literary Agent at BookEnds, representing YA, MG, PB, and Illustrators. Literary Mentor at Media Mentors. Query me at QueryMe.Online/1067

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BookEnds Literary Agency

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 2

melanie conklin @MLConklin

@SoCalledYALife Sometimes, the setting is your character's only friend, and that's nice, but there's usually SOME part opposed to them. A gossipy town? Poverty? Uncertainty? Unfamiliar-ness? #1st5pages

Replying to @MLConklin

That is such a great way of thinking about it. We all have a love/hate relationship with the world around us. Can't all be sunshine and daisies and rainbow farts. #1st5pages Now I just want to learn from you. Teach me all the things!!

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 2

melanie conklin @MLConklin

@SoCalledYALife @joeyverse @LisaMaxwellYA I pre-write for months in notebooks. I have to feel familiar with the character and their world before I start writing, though I don't outline plot beyond Lie/Want/Need/Truth.

You know, I think this is something alot of authors should do. #1st5Pages Alot of my editorial comments are "Why? How so?" Knowing your character and world, inside and out, can help those around you better shape your vision. If I ask, it's because I can't I don't know. #1st5pages

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 2

Charlotte Gruber @charlotteclg

#1st5pages How about the very WORST #writing advice? #1st5pages

"Write what you know." This is such a complete misdirection. Rather, it should be "Write the truth that your reader does not yet know (but maybe suspects), but will someday." #1st5pages #amwriting

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 2

j.m. lee ๐Ÿฆ„ @joeyverse

@LisaMaxwellYA This. You can't be in the tweaking (or puppy love) stage and truly be prepared for the editing, revising (and rejection) that comes along with querying, editing, and publishing. It'll be messy. #1st5pages

Replying to @joeyverse

I'd also chime in that if you are not comfortable showing your work to others, you are not ready to query. I get alot of people who I see on Twitter saying they are too afraid to show their work so they have no CPs. #1st5pages #amwriting #yesIstalkauthors

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 2

You know what I often find in the #1st5pages? Nothing happens. Your firs pages should introduce me to your world, give me an understanding of your MC, and also start to set the stakes for the novel. #amwriting

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 2

Erin Cashman @etcashman

Another issue we see in #1st5pages is starting in the middle of an action scene, like in a movie. But if the reader has no context, and doesn't know the MC, it is just disorienting. No matter the genre, the reader needs to care first and foremost about the characters

I would argue that this CAN work, but you have to make sure to share your MC as you do it. One of my client's books started on a horseback racing across the country, but it worked because we got to know the character so well in WHY we had this urgency in the scene. #1st5pages

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 2

j.m. lee ๐Ÿฆ„ @joeyverse

@charlotteclg For character arcs, something that's stuck with me is the notion that in the beginning, a character should have a strongly held belief -- and that belief should change throughout the course of the story. #1st5pages

I like to think of it as Essence (who they are at their core) + Desire (what they want) divided by your plot. Like Katniss: she loves her sister + she wants to survive, and now her sisters name is pulled. It equals DRAMA and TENSION #1st5pages #amwriting

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