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Word Count

See https://www.writersdigest.com/guest-columns/word-count-for-novels-and-childrens-books-the-definitive-post

The debut novel word limits described here are really strict.

Stricter than I’d like to acknowledge. …

Not Stalled — Exactly

While I’ve been writing and trying to query my fiction for a while. I’ve been pre-empted, though.

I’ve got beta-reader feedback from folks at Critters.org. That’s helpful. 

I’ve got some ideas for rewrites to

Voice

I’ve been struggling with voice for a while, now.

My “other” writing is non-fiction. While there’s a huge market for narrative non-fiction, I write technical non-fiction. It’s the epitome of voicelessness. 

Gut-Wrenching

I’ve lost track of the tweet, but the core question was “What’s the most gut-wrenching decision your MC has to make?”

I like this question a lot. It’s the heart of the Hero’s Journey. A wrenching decision arises several times in a Hero’s Journey. …

Pitch Writing — A One-Two Punch

Lots of advice available on queries and pitches. It seems like any pair of agents will have four takes on the process.

Found this recently:


Two crucial elements: The Mage’s Fight against his own Temple, and the discovery of new forms of magic, forbidden by the Temple. …


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