For those of you who are in the query process or are thinking about getting into the query process, you may find this quite useful. J.M. Tohline consolidates the answers from agents to the question “What is the
single biggest mistake writers make when querying you?”
I’m soliciting answers to the following question:
What novels or short stories stand out in your memory as “weird”??
I’m doing this in order to put together a “mind meld” (inspired by http://www.sfsignal.com Mind Melds) blog and wiki article based on your answers to this question (inspired by this question posted on Facebook by my friend and fellow writer, Sherlonya). Feel free to answer with as few or as many novels, short stories, etc as your patience and/or interest dictate. If you are inclined, I am also interested in the reasons behind your answer(s).
The “Which SF/F/H World Would I Live In?” meme, found here and started there, prompts me to answer: Continue reading “Which SF/F/H World Would I Live In?”
The other day I received an email that a friend and fellow writer sent out to the AAAWG email list. It was about how one handles pacing in a novel. Initially I didn’t have a cogent answer, and I still don’t think I have a satisfactory answer, but I ended up by responding with this:
I’m afraid I don’t really know how to answer this question as I have approached it primarily by gut feel. Perhaps a more honest answer is that I have really ignored the question of pacing and just wrote the novel (or short story) with the assumption that it would work out as I went. One (implied) concession to pacing is that as I near the end of a major draft I read the story through as fast as I can (no edits) and see how it hangs together. I think one of the things I am trying to determine when I do these quick reads is to see if I have achieved a good pace. One of my stock questions to my beta-readers is about pacing and I rely on their less-biased feedback. You can also tell a lot about pacing by asking your beta-readers when they put your story down (or just give up) to do other things.
Anyways, that’s my pre-published opinion.
Anyone want to share their insight into pacing a novel?
I found a picture of Darth Vader leading his troops into combat (see below the cut for smaller version). It seems very familiar in layout and I’m pretty sure that is a “copy” of a famous painting. Anyone know what that painting is? Continue reading “Anyone know what the “original” version of this is?”