Surf Report, May 9, 2010

Writer Unboxed blog member, Barbara Samuel, on Layering Depth of Character:

“I’ll begin with a character bio, third person, interviewing her, but not in the usual ways. Alison Hart (Jennifer Greene) once posted a trick she uses, which is to look inside the purse or glove box of a character, or both. I do both. I also like to see the inside of the car—is it messy or tidy? My car usually looks like someone is moving—books and canvas grocery bags and change scattered all over the floors. My partner has tools and running clothes of various weights and dog clutter from his side business. Continue reading

Today’s Interviews with Valerie Bowman & Rita Henuber

Thank you so much, Ladies!  We appreciate your insightful answers to our questions.

Valerie and Rita will, of course, answer any questions that may straggle in–but only in their “free” time.  As agented authors, I can only imagine how carefully they’ll have to parcel out their time in the future.  🙂

Happy writing, all!  Thanks for stopping by!

Lis’Anne

Blogs or Websites for Unpublished Writers

The Southern Lights Conference was a huge success. Mary Buckham and Dianna Love were awesome and I highly recommend their workshop, Break Into Fiction ®. I watched many published authors taking copious amounts of notes right along with the unpublished.

My posse and I discussed a plethora of industry information and one that pertains to blogs and author websites left me conflicted. Continue reading

The Importance of Punctuation

Do you have any idea how torturous it is to judge a contest submission littered with incorrect punctuation? One or two misplaced commas are no big thing, but too many and the story is lost in a sea of run-on sentences that make no sense.

Many RWA chapter-sponsored contests don’t take off points for improper formatting. Every one of them should. It would make it easier for their judges to base their scores on only the quality of the story. All contestants hope to final so their ms will be read by the final judge–usually an agent or editor. Imagine the final judge has two manuscripts, but only one can be the winner. Both stories are equally compelling, but one is formatted correctly and all punctuation is perfect. The other drove him/her insane with errors. Which will the A/E choose?