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Let’s get something out of the way: Editing is writing.
Life will never be kind to the writer.
Ooh, writing tips!
Writers often ask us what we’re “looking for.”
If you missed part 1 of our interview with Donald Maass–one of New York’s top agents and president of the Donald Maass Literary Agency –click HERE to catch up, then come on back. In this final segment, we talk about his must-have craft book for writers, Writing the Breakout Novel , how his book and workbook are a dynamic duo, his favorite workbook exercise and a new book in the works. Enjoy!
Hilary Mantel 1 Are you serious about this? Then get an accountant.
Elmore Leonard : Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways than an Eskimo to describe ice and snow in his book Arctic Dreams , you can do all the weather reporting you want.
Keen followers of this blog, if such there be, will have noticed that we’ve had a bit of a pause recently.
Gary Gibson is the author of six science fiction novels for Pan Macmillan, the latest of which, Final Days , was published in August.
Gary Gibson is the author of six science fiction novels for Pan Macmillan, the latest of which, Final Days , was published in August. The sequel, The Thousand Emperors, will be published in 2012.
Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle
Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined (mainly placed in some distant or unspecified point before current times), sometimes reminiscent of a constructed world . Some, however, do use uchronia to refer to an alternate history. [ 1 ]
The Water Lily Inn was situated near the centre of the old city, over a thousand years old, the weathered stone exterior still bore scars from the Great War. Black scorch marks trace strange patterns on the stone from ancient wards that protects the building. New roof tiles shine brightly in the late morning sunlight as Gen approached the entrance to the Inn. Smiling to himself as the soldiers at the door straighten at his approach, too young to know who he is yet a personal friend of the Lord Marshall must be important. Quite conversation could be heard from inside the common room of the inn. In the corner near the kitchen sat the owner in deep conversation with the house chef.