This is where I post a QUICK WRITING TIP. A writing skill everyone should know. Whether it be technical or creative, useful or not, I'm gonna give it to you! You're gonna be daydreaming about cowboy hats and singing the Tim McGraw & Faith Hill song, "Let's Make Love."
Okay, maybe not. Here's the Quickie for today:
GET YOUR MANUSCRIPT SHELF READY!!!
- Don't query until your MS is polished. Like completely, totally, and obsessively shiny.
- Don't submit your MS to agents/editors/publishers until your MS has seen many sets of critique partners' and beta readers' eyes.
- Don't tell yourself, "It's good enough...if I can just land an agent, she will help me get it where it needs to be to sell."
- Don't ignore your intuition (your internal editor) when it's telling you that your MS needs more work.
- Do be brutal with yourself. Listen to hard advice, cry over challenging notes from CP's, sweat the hard scenes out, let yourself stay up late at nights once in a while while you work out the kinks.
- Do be patient. We've all heard the stories of writers snatching up agents and book deals after minimal work. Don't rely on that applying to you.
On another note, who's going to spoon with me at the Storymakers conference this week? I am so excited to see so many of you, I can't stand it!