After market research I would take out another photocopied sheet and I’d note the who, what, when and where to send it. I’d put together a query letter with a paragraph to clearly show I had looked through past issues of their magazine. Sometimes I would mention an article well done. I’d put a note on the sheet of paper as the submission and SASE dropped into the mailbox. This is how I tracked my submissions. I’d make a note to myself when time ran out and I assumed I ended up in slush and went to the next publication on my list.
I admit I am not good at long term goals but I am pretty good at breaking things into steps. Each step leads to another and if I celebrate each step I will eventually get to the first floor landing.
What makes dialogue believable? Strong dialogue often makes the difference between stories that catch an agent or editor’s eye and those that don’t. You want your dialogue to be among the best, which means you need it to be believable. Join us on Wednesday and we discuss 5 TIPS ON WRITING DIALOGUE While you are […]
Even if it only shows up in your notes there are some things to consider in your settings.
When I begin a short story or a novel I like to have a firm idea of the plot in my mind. Once my imagination is pre-loaded I flesh out characters and work through various outcomes. I do best when I have the rough draft of six major scenes. If I do not know some key things going into a story I usually fail to connect enough to finish it.
The Interview often unlocks a story. Just the simple ‘what’s up?’ is enough to get things started again. You may discover your ‘helper’ character is clueless about your ‘main’ character’s motives. Your ‘antagonist’ may be blissfully unaware of the ‘protagonist’s’ intentions.
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Rumor has it that the abandoned house by the cemetery is haunted by the ghost of a witch. But rumors won’t stop carpenter Mike Kostner from rehabbing the place as a haunted house attraction. Soon he’ll learn that fresh wood and nails can’t keep decades of rumors down.
Tamara Thorne is the author of many novels including international bestsellers, Haunted, Moonfall, Bad Things, and The Sorority. She’s been interested in ghost stories all her life and has been published since 1991. Alistair Cross shares the love of ghosts and horror and is the author of the bestsellers, The Crimson Corset, The Angel Alejandro, […]
She was in a hurry, you could tell by watching her. Is she late for work? Is she annoyed that you yanked her out of the office products? Does she compose herself quickly after seeing how big you are? Who scares her? When she turns the key in her car does she say a quick prayer?