by Carolyn Dennis-Willingham
When it comes to pitching your novel to an agent, there’s no room for self-doubt. You’ve worked hard on that story, right? You’ve sweated and agonized over best first lines, character development, plot, and more. So, what’s to keep you from stepping up to the pitcher’s mound and throwing your hardest, most accurate ball over the batter’s plate?
The first time I pitched at a conference – speed dating style – I waited in a long line for the doors to open. My insides quivered. I reread and reshuffled my note cards. I watched the faces around me and found we all looked pretty much the same. Nervous! Some of us pitched to one another as our last “practice” opportunity.
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How do you know if what you are writing is any good? Too often I reread something I wrote years ago (or days ago) and discover it’s shamefully incoherent.
Writing is a mostly solitary profession. We craft the words while alone. But we release them into the world at our peril if we don’t get some feedback first.
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by Cassandra Key
The easiest way to fill your day with poetry is to notice what poetry is and then surround yourself with it.
Poetry is a lot of things and goes beyond words on paper. It is nature and love and pain. It is Mary Cassatt’s “Summertime” and dancing to Chopin. It is dreams and prayers and moonlight. It is all of these things coming together to create something that stirs the heart.
Or as Emily Dickinson said:
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
So you see, poetry is already all around you – the only thing you must do is notice it, and if you’d like, capture it.
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by Doug Lewars
Okay, you’ve completed your masterpiece and you’ve written it using Microsoft Word – nothing wrong with that. Now, you’ve decided to self-publish using Smashwords.com or something similar, so you haul up their style guide and start figuring out what you’ll have to do to make your masterpiece acceptable to the website.
The good news is that most style guides are pretty straight forward. The bad news is that it’s still a lot of work. For example you probably saved as a Word document and life would be simpler if you saved as a Word 97-2003 document. That’s pretty simple to change. And then you discover that your styles could use some work.
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by Leo Borgelin
Thank goodness for GPS. We all feel like experts when going to someplace new. I’ll gladly sit in the passenger seat and give out directions like I was born for this moment. You still have to look out the glass windshield and wonder, where does the road go?
Some people look at Life like a drama. Others like a game. Hopefully, for all writers, it’s a story. But none the less, there are obstacles along the way that has to be faced. You stay long enough on each road until you find another one that gets you closer to your destination. Each road leads to somewhere with its own story. It’s up to the driver to experience it.
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