How to make a writer giddy:
“I was up until 1am finishing Twenty-Somewhere last night! I was so hooked into those characters.”
That was a completely unsolicited reaction from fellow writer Sherrie Petersen, who I only just “met” and don’t know in real life.
(Unrelated but true: her blog Write About Now is full of interviews, anecdotes, and other writing-related goodness. Case in point: it led me to Slush Pile Hell, which is hilarious, and a great pick-me-up for any writers who are worried that their queries suck. (Trust me, they don’t.))
Anyway, while Sherrie’s comment (!!!) fuels me through some more of the 20SW proposal and sample pages, I leave you with this recommended reading. Enjoy!
- “Look at your feet” by Michelle Woo
If you’re so busy staring at your goal in the distance, it’ll seem like you’ll never be able to get there.
- “Structure” at Michael Hauge’s Screenplay Mastery
Though writing a successful Hollywood movie is certainly not easy, the stories for mainstream Hollywood films are all built on only three basic components: character, desire and conflict.
- “Alphabet Soup” by Susan Orlean
As some great philosopher once said, it’s like déjà vu all over again.
- “When anyone can be a published author” by Laura Miller
What happens once the self-publishing revolution really gets going, when all of those previously rejected manuscripts hit the marketplace, en masse, in print and e-book form, swelling the ranks of 99-cent Kindle and iBook offerings by the millions? Is the public prepared to meet the slush pile?