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Monday Advice from Editors and Agents: A Pleasure Principle

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Monday Advice from Editors and Agents: Use Details in Settings Purposefully

“Your choice of setting and the way you manipulate it can have a powerful impact on the way the scene reads.” –Theresa Stevens Theresa Stevens has been a literary attorney agent and the chief executive editor for a small romance … Continue reading

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Monday Advice from Agents and Editors: Show me the reason why

Have you ever watched a really awful horror movie and wanted to scream at the protagonist–the one who chooses to go down alone into a dark cellar full of moaning and whimpering instead of calling 911–“Why on earth do you … Continue reading

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Monday Advice from Editors and Agents: The Magic of Micro-Tension

According to literary agent Donald Maass, “the most important technique for fiction writers to grasp” is Micro-Tension. Now I read a lot of books about the writing craft and attend workshops whenever I can. Over the years, I’ve heard quite … Continue reading

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Monday Advice from Agents and Editors: Kill all the darling, puffy babies!

In his 1914 Cambridge lecture “On the Art of Writing,” Arthur Quiller-Couch said,      “If you here require a practical rule of me, I will present you with this: ‘Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally … Continue reading

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