March 19th, 2014

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Writing Excuses 9.11: Micro-Casting

Writing Excuses 9.11: Micro-Casting

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/03/16/writing-excuses-9-11-microcasting/

Questions and condensed answers:
Q: Should a pantser rewrite their book once they know the entire story?
A: Many pantsers do. They treat their first draft as a longform outline, make big structural tweaks, then toss everything and write it from scratch. Beware rewriting the same story over and over and over again.
Q: What do you find most useful from an editor while you are writing your books?
A: My process begins by getting the outline structurally solid with the editor, then she doesn't see anything until the book is written and has gone through a language pass. I want nothing from my editor before I hand in a book. Some people do have a constant give-and-take with feedback from the editor all the way through writing the book. Often editors can help because of their understanding of the market and with big structural issues.
Q: Any chance of drilling down to scene, sentence level creation?
A: Can-of-worms (to be continued later)
Q: Any advice for pitching to agents and editors?
A: Trying to describe your novel as if a 14-year-old boy is summarizing his favorite movie ever. Focus on the cool things. Do not talk about plot this point. Avoid proper names, kingdoms, large back stories. Focus on the conflict. Find out what the agents and editors like! Combine the familiar and the strange (see strange attractor). Character, conflict, setting, -- end with the hook. Run your pitch past beta readers, get reactions, hone it, and practice it.
Q: What is the worst writing/career advice you've gotten?
A: Archaic advice on saving a file and using the size to determine the word count. Another one is not to include a SASE, but instead include a headshot. Have your manuscript printed and bound. "If you really want to make any money at this, you should be writing romance."
Q: How do you help a writer friend who is discouraged and wants to quit? How do you help them find encouragement and faith in their story again?
A: Find out why they are discouraged. Sometimes quitting is the right decision. There are many things that could cause this. Be a good supportive friend. Find the source of this.
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[Brandon] All right. We are going to end right here. We're going to get to more of these questions on a future podcast, so we're not done with all of them. I am going to ask Eric... No, I made you do it twice. I'll make myself do a writing prompt. Your writing prompt is something magical is preventing your friend from pursuing their dreams, but you don't know what it is. Write a story about a character who's trying to figure it out. Maybe if they finish the story, someone will die. I don't know. But... There you are. You have your writing prompt. This has been Writing Excuses. You are out of excuses. Now go write.
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