Last week, Jeff Lyons shared how to make every story idea the best it could be. Today he’s delving into the tricky description of high concept. Many agents and editors say they prefer high-concept stories, but what does that mean?
When I first joined Goodreads, their account form asked me: “What Kind of Books Do You Like to Read?” My answer to that question helped me realize that I love becoming immersed in a story, the sense that we’re not just reading words on a page. But what creates story immersion?
After completing a story, we might face the question of whether to put in the effort to revise it. If we decide our story has enough promise, what should we do next? Does our story contain all the essential elements? Does it have the bones of a good story?
As writers, we get to research anything we want. The problem comes when we think we know something, so we make assumptions without doing the research. Many of us assume we know the justice system because of the endless TV shows and movies depicting lawyers and courtrooms, but those sources don’t always get it right.
In my last post about Google search terms, I mentioned that we sometimes have lots of content around a search’s keywords and yet have never answered the question directly. In that case, Google just gave us an idea for a blog post. *smile* One search term that led people to my blog this past month was “What do […]
First, I want to thank J.A. Paul and Rachel Firasek for their guest posts. I had fun with their interviews and I hope you all did too. Yes, I’m back from a fun, exhausting trip to Disneyland. And yes, my vacation inspired a blog post. You’re not surprised, are you? Anyone who has visited a […]
If we don’t want to waste time writing a story that will never get anywhere, we have to make sure we’ll be able to complete it. And guess what? It’s not completed when we, as writers, think it is. Going from seed idea to completion happens over two stages. So far, in Parts One and […]
First of all, if you weren’t at the RWA conference, check out my contest for a free book from the RWA registration bags. The deadline to enter is midnight, August 16th. So my new RWA-buddy, Roni Loren, posted a great article on her blog about the QueryFest workshop. When I kept finding myself wanting to […]
I’ve now recovered enough from the RWA National Conference to talk about my experience. *takes deep breath* Er, or not… The word “overwhelming” was invented for experiences like this. I can try to describe it, but I fear I’ll run out of words (a horrifying thought for a writer!). It was fabulous to meet so […]
04/26/2017 - Stone-Cold Heart now available for pre-order! Grab your copy while it's on sale!
07/14/2016 - Ironclad Devotion won FIRST PLACE in the Paranormal category of Oklahoma RWA's 2016 National Reader's Choice Awards
05/22/2016 - Treasured Claim is a Three-Time DOUBLE FINALIST in the Fantasy/Paranormal and the Best First Book categories of Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal RWA's 2016 Prism Awards, Oklahoma RWA's 2016 National Reader's Choice Awards, and the Greater Detroit RWA's 2016 Booksellers' Best Awards