• January 2016
  • November 2015
    I love the "but what it's really about ... " angle and making it personal, saying why it fascinates me. Since that should hopefully fascinate someone else too. Off to play with that for a bit!
  • November 2015
    Oh, Caryn, I know! It can be so hard to distill the essence into one or two sentences. Here's the full exercise I do when I teach writers, if it could be of use to you: My novel, [Name Of Novel], is a [Genre] about a [Main Character] who [Action...
  • November 2015
    Laura, that's helpful ... thanks! You're right about the setting piece, of course. I will think about that as I keep working on it. What I did find helpful about the ten words thing was trying to clarify & crystallize the concept of the novel,...
  • November 2015
    While I think the ten-word explanation is an intriguing idea, I also think it should only be used to give you a rough draft. I do something similar when I teach loglines: I give them students the framework and have them fill in the blanks. But I...
  • November 2015
    "What is exhausting is thinking that you’ll find problems you cannot solve." Thank you for that.
  • Caryn Riswold commented on her article Coming Out as a Novelist
    October 2015
    Thanks so much, Rachel! Best of luck during the submission process.
  • October 2015
    Your story sounds like my own! I'm a college professor in a field that's got nothing to do with creative writing (costuming for stage/film/TV), and i've published academically in my discipline. I'm also a novelist, and my first novel has similar...
  • October 2015

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