Category World Building

The 3-Act, 40-Card Heroine’s Mashup – The Dragon’s Ridge

Good morning! It’s been a few weeks since I put out my last blog post, but I’ve had my head buried in soft peat getting my writer life organized. There are three different stories I’m dying to work on, but one needs a fresh outline/rewrite, the second needs a hammer and forge to whip it into shape, and the third needs a little bit of love and focus. Three very different novels in three stages of completion, but each of them needs the same thing: a critical eye on the structure so I know where to start hammering.

Earlier this year, I was at the roof again: that magical writer place where you know your story isn’t perfect yet, but you’re not quite sure how to fix it. Growth is needed, and some new weapons for your arsenal, but you’re alone in the void, frustrated and scratching your head...

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PitchWars Wrap-Up

Announcement day for PitchWars has come and gone, and 180 new mentees are on the move to get their manuscripts polished for the agent round. Once again I recognized almost no one on the final picks list, but a few names stood out and I couldn’t be more excited for those folks.

When I started PitchWars this year, I knew my entry would be a long shot. I’d restructured, repurposed and repolished my story from last year as the new one wasn’t anywhere near ready enough. But I knew what I was getting into – that my story would have to shine even more to stand out against all the new entries. Zero requests and a generic form rejection later, I am not daunted. Why, you didn’t ask? Because I didn’t go into PitchWars with one goal… I went in with several.

Goal 1: Help other writers where I could.
In...

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Is Your Next Project Ready to Go?

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post on getting the most out of PitchWars by setting personal goals. Having a list of goals and achievements is so important to life outside the contest. Each time you feel the pressure of not there yet, you can look back and see all the amazing things you’ve already accomplished.

But here’s a tiny reality check: in one week PitchWars mentor picks will be announced, and more than two thousand people are going to feel the sting. It hurts, and it feels like a rejection, but it’s not. All it really means is your book doesn’t have the exact ratio of awesome to need fixing elements. Seriously… here’s the math:

a : s = (n : c)m + d

a = awesome | s = suckage | n = need fixin’ | c = can fix | m = mentor love | d = dibs

This contest has zero bearing on the awesome of ...

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Tuesday Top Ten

Every week, The Broke and the Bookish hosts a weekly meme. This week I’m taking their starter and plugging in my own idea.

Ten (*cough*EIGHT*cough) recommendations for books NOT based on Earth. Because who doesn’t want to visit another world.

The Eyes of Light and Darkness

Jayvee9
Ivan Cat & Darren Sarvari

Okay, so there’s a smidge of Earth history in this one, but it takes place in the ring belts near Jayvee9.

 

The Companions

The Companions
Sheri S. Tepper

Again, a smidge of earth in the beginning, but most of this story takes place on Moss – a phenomenal world where plants have their own language of scent and sound.

 

Into the Rain

Phantasia
M. U. Riyadad

Takes place on the world of Phantasia, where the underbelly is alive and so creepy and gorgeous.

 

Ilavani

Ilavani
Kaelan Rhywiol

Ilavani is a world of geneticall...

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Get Ready to Pitch

Earlier this year, I wrote an article called Are You Ready to Pitch for #RevPit. As the submission window for PitchWars is only four days away, I thought it best to revamp the article a little to save confusion.

There are some great resources in here which may help you get through your final milestones before we all start the next leg of our PitchWars Adventure.

Which I’ll lovingly call: Mentee Hunting Season. ^_^

So, for anyone out there who’s about to enter #PitchWars, or any of the other amazing pitch contests:

Are you ready to pitch?

If the answer’s yes, the next question is: how do I prepare for submission?

The following information is more to keep my own thoughts organized, but maybe it will offer some value to others out in the universe. 🙂

1. The Query: Like other writers, I’...

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