Monday, April 23, 2007
I stumbled upon some helpful sites recently and thought I'd share.
~Shanna Germain has an excellent series of short columns about writing up at Erotica Readers & Writers Association. This month she's talking about The Rest of the Sex Story: Writing Description, Action and Dialogue, which includes examples from her own writing, clear explanations, and a few supporting links. Highly recommended.
~I recently had to write a synopsis and my pantser self was cringing big time. Luckily I'd been digging into the editing posts at Samhain Publishing's blog and found a link to Lisa Gardner's lecture series, Conquering the Dreaded Synopsis. She also addresses the equally dreaded query letter in this lecture, and I used some of the tips for an epub query. I did, however, ignore pointer #7, which went something like, "Don't mention controversial topics such as homosexuality, etc." For the pub I was targeting, this was front and center ;)
~And finally, I saw a link to a short essay on style by Kurt Vonnegut, posted at The Fish Tank. Nothing like a little reminder on how to keep our voices fresh. Thank you, Mr. Vonnegut, and may you rest in peace.