Good morning, Pub Crawlers, and Happy NaNoWriMo 2016 for those of you participating! I thought I’d talk about Character Agency today, as this is a huge part of the drafting process, and some of you might find it useful as you are drafting your novels. As part of my job, I read a lot of queries and a lot of manuscripts. I help edit my clients’ work before submission and identify weak areas. Something I’ve […]
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This week Kelly and JJ discuss the final installment of the original Star Wars trilogy: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Is it successful? Is it not? It’s better than the prequel trilogy, but is that saying much? NOTE: Sorry about the audio in parts; it was raining really hard and unfortunately we don’t have actual recording studios. P.S. JJ doesn’t know what to spend her Audible credit on, so give her recommendations!
Good morning, Pub Crawlers! Today I’d like to mainly focus on stakes in magic. Making up a world is hard work! You’re creating geography, cultural aesthetics, clothing, sometimes even language. You’re often using magic in some form or another. But I want to start by talking a little bit more in depth about a common problem I see in queries and manuscripts, and that’s the Because Magic issue. “Because Magic” translates to “I don’t have […]
This week JJ and Kelly continue their series on dissecting fictional properties, this time with the second installment of the original Star Wars trilogy: The Empire Strikes Back. Arguably the best of the original three (and possibly all seven), they try to pick apart why it is both a critical and fan favorite. Also, musical theatre nerds, this week’s off menu recommendations are for you!
I’m currently in drafting mode, working on the sequel to my debut, Ivory and Bone. I’m definitely a planner (as opposed to a pantser,) and I’m working from an extensive outline. But even the most thoroughly planned novel doesn’t always flow onto the page without a hitch. (Okay, let’s be realistic. No novel flows onto the page without a hitch!) Often, when I’m struggling to translate a scene I’ve held in my mind into prose […]