"Hi Linnea. I started to read the other comments, but stopped myself at one point. You're getting a lot of advice, so I'll try to be brief. 1) She is bloody, but not human? 2) The setting seems both ominous and carefree. I think you're…"
"Welcome Carole. I don't get here often, but since I'm the first to greet you, I will tell you that sometimes I just read/listen and get a lot out of it.
Kate: I attended a writing conference a few weeks ago and the "famous"…"
"@Danielle -- I wrote chronologically on my first draft to the 2/3s point, then started going back through to find out if I was writing a story or just a long something else :)
I have issues with upping the stakes, so I started making sure that was…"
"Hi Jannette. I have similar issues. I probably rewrote the beginning a dozen times. It is so important to get it right. I think I finally settled on the "right" one, and I did it by considering what the reader really needed to know about…"
"Hi Karen. I like the one on the right more, but also think the charcoal might be a good idea. How about a little blurb that leads you into the story. That might help the non-fiction vs. fiction thing.
"Whatever photo image you choose, take a look at some of the books you like on the screen. I went to Robyn Carr and Susan Wiggs. Both have covers that are something like I suggested. I can see them just fine, no matter how small. Amazon is about as…"
"I like the picture, but as a cover it's not busy enough for my taste. I think the title needs to be bigger and the image is lost in the words. Someone should write a line of praise for the book or your writing. For example, the first one I…"
"Hi Lynne. When it comes to revising I think everybody deserves to do it in a way that makes sense to them. I write chronologically, and dump out a bunch of words before I go back, but I know in my gut when something isn't spot on. Sometimes…"
"Hi Natasha. I know what you mean. I try to look at the site every day, but many times it's just to take a quick look. So many things to do. So little time. (I made that up ;)
Anyway, I like getting to know people one-on-one and over the course…"
We're delighted to have you in the novelist group! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. We save the wall for discussion, so please refrain from linking to blog posts there, but do add them in the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread.
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Great to connect here, Cary. And delighted to have you in the novelist group. You might introduce yourself by sharing what you're working on in the "Show Me Your Novel" thread. And group chat at 1 EST today. How to participate instructions in box at top of group page.
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Hi and let me be one of the first to welcome you to this terrific site and if you are into memoir, come to this site and join up. I won't hammer you with emails and you will get hours of free teachings on writing. XO Jennifer
"Hi Marie--I really appreciate your perspective. They go hand-in-hand!
Jody- What a great idea. I bet you all get a lot of out reading and sharing conversations. I may take you up on this offer-- thank you for extending it!"