"You are the CEO of your book." I heard this on a podcast yesterday and it stood out to me. Meaning: you know your book best, you have the most at stake, you know the audience and you've got to 'take the reins.' just a #pubtip
Cheo Hodari Coker @cheo_cokerDialogue has a rhythm to it. That’s the secret to writing it. Treating it like music.
This is why I like to tell writers to read their work aloud to themselves. Hear the rhythm of the narration, the speech, etc, and find the shape to the voice. #pubtip
Keah Brown @Keah_MariaIt feels like a brag when people ask me how I found my agent (@abuckslater) and I say he found me. But it’s true he did. And it’s also true that I didn’t have to query him so like I can’t give you advice on how to query an agent because I don’t know how lmao. Sorry!
Agents find clients all kinds of ways! If you're a journalist like Keah, make sure your contact info is easy to find within your online presence...you never know if an agent is reading your material and thinking: there's a book here. #pubtip
Axe Slaughter @abuckslaterThis video about GONE GIRL in particular highlights the work that goes into pacing and tension. Think of scenes the way you think of your chapters - end them with that jewel box click that drives home the point and progresses the story. #Pubtip pic.twitter.com/3VWagoAAqp
How you craft your chapters will affect everything about your book. Look at them individually. Could, say, ch. 12 stand on its own? Does it have a beg/mid/end? A rhythm? Most importantly: does it make your reader want to know more? #Pubtip
Axe Slaughter @abuckslaterRepeat what OG @johnmcusick said a while back: these videos from @michaeltuckerla at LESSONS FROM THE SCREENPLAY provide excellent insights to screenwriters and novelists alike (been watching him for a while, along with @TheeNerdwriter, catch them both): youtu.be/CF3lFPW4E1o
This video about GONE GIRL in particular highlights the work that goes into pacing and tension. Think of scenes the way you think of your chapters - end them with that jewel box click that drives home the point and progresses the story. #Pubtip
#Pubtip: Thinking a lot lately about the 2+2 theory. The best characterization happens off-the-page, in your reader's own imagination. For your main character, don't just tell us "4"...show us what adds up to it. We will determine what is says about them.
Janae Marks @JanaeMarksBooksI wrote 4 manuscripts before signing with an agent and getting a book deal—almost 8 years after graduating from my creative writing MFA program. Writers still waiting for your yes: KEEP WRITING. Keep learning. Keep going.
#pubtip from an author you need to know...
Evan Puschak @TheeNerdwriterIn a new video, I rearrange the movie PASSENGERS to see if I can make it more compelling: youtube.com/watch?v=Gksxu-…
Must watch if you're drafting a novel & contemplating structure. Supports my theory that some 1st drafts actually begin in Chapter 2 #pubtip