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VOICE: A #DVPIT BLOG HOP ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: PART TWO (OF TWO!)

Hi everyone! Patrice, here, again!! We’re back for Part 2! In case you missed our first part, this is a Voice Roundtable Discussion with: Agents: Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services and Jennifer Azantian at Azantian Literary Editor: Tiffany Liao at Henry Holt/Macmillan Children’s …as part of #DVpit’s Blog Hop!! During this part we’ll be breaking down some of the craft aspects of voice. Let’s get started with question #2 (& question #3 is further below). Question Two: You’ve defined voice, you’ve gushed about […]

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Voice: A #DVpit Blog Hop Roundtable Discussion: Part One (of Two!)

Introduction by Patrice Caldwell: Hello! I am so incredibly excited to be hosting the kickoff to the #DVpit blog hop here on Pub(lishing) Crawl!! Thank you, Beth for trusting me to begin, thank you readers and visitors, and many many thanks to our panelists! This is a VOICE roundtable featuring: Agents: Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services and Jennifer Azantian at Azantian Literary Editor: Tiffany Liao at Henry Holt/Macmillan Children’s Learn more about them at the bottom of this post! I LOVE voice. […]

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The Basics of Show Don’t Tell

Hi all; Julie here! Today’s post goes back to basics with a discussion of Show Don’t Tell. (For other approaches to this rule, you can read JJ’s piece on balancing the mix of showing and telling, Pub Crawl alum Susan Dennard’s post on using showing and telling on macro and micro levels, and Kat’s approach to when to show and when to tell.) There are few rules of craft that can be applied to a […]

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Making Your Characters Do Stuff

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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Creating a Satisfying Character Arc

Hi all! Julie here! Today I’d like to talk about character arc—what it is and why it matters. I’d also like to share my own personal approach to creating an arc for a character. A character arc is the change that happens to a character in response to the events of the plot. A cowardly character might become brave, a stingy character might become generous, or a timid character might become confident. Those are broad […]

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