This week, some of the little sparks of my synapses that turned into digitized, episodic bits on your computer screen are posted over at Rachelle Gardner’s blog, Rants and Ramblings on Life as a Literary Agent. I would like to thank her for the opportunity to guest blog on her site.
For those coming from there, I have a number of other supplemental posts that you might find helpful:
- Episode 5: Think Like an Editor: “In many ways writing is the art of ordering words, images, paragraphs, and chapters in a way that conveys a particular message. Yes, creativity is key—but creativity alone does not always equal publication or effective writing. Words can be spontaneous, but published words take much more work to make them seem effortless. This is the great paradox: crafting your poetry and prose so much that the reader doesn’t think about them.” [more]
- Episode 10: Make Changes, Not War: “As an editor, part of my job has been reviewing content for potential publication and/or sending back to the writer for revision. Couple that with the peer review experiences I’ve had since then, and I find that a resistance to comments is not too uncommon. So, let’s take a moment to focus on the reasons that peer review can be so beneficial.” [more]
- Episode 24: Words without Meaning: “A novel manuscript that ended up in my hands for review last month set these ol’ neurons firing about what features cause some writing to seem—well—less successful. And this manuscript unwittingly became my test case. Several things stood out, including stock characters with little or no growth, lots of telling instead of showing, and a heaping helping of words without meaning.” [more]
- Check out the editing category for even more.
Also, let me know your thoughts, topics you’d like to see me cover, or just quirky anecdotes about your experience writing or with editors (editors are a quirky lot, after all).