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    Business Publishing Contracts 101 with Jacqui Lipton

    This is a LIVE webinar scheduled for Sunday September 13 at 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. EDT * Wondering what that time 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. EDT is in your time zone? Click HERE Landing an agent and/or a publishing contract is a dream come true for most authors, but then there's the challenge of...
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    Thanks so much for the kind words and congrats on the partial request! You'll have to drop me a...

    Thanks so much for the kind words and congrats on the partial request! You'll have to drop me a line and let me know what eventuates! Yeah, November's a tough month to keep up with writing classes, especially for NaNoWriMo folks, but WRITE ON!!!!
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    Homework Week 4: OPTIONAL HOMEWORK WRITING EXERCISES

    I know it's late in the class and you may be catching up on previous week's work, but if you have time this week (or if you'd like to try these later after the course ends), you might find the following useful on "the technical stuff". Take a passage (a paragraph or so) from a story or book you...
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    Discussion Week 4 Discussion Thread: The Technical Stuff (POV, Verb Tense, Narrative Distance)

    Because this is our final week together and I've already inundated you with plenty of exercises and thoughts, I'll keep the discussion and optional homework exercises short and sweet this week, but do feel free to share in any of the earlier discussion threads this week prior to the end of the...
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    Lecture Week 4: The Technical Stuff--POV, Verb Tense, Narrative Distance

    Before you start writing your first chapter, remember the most important thing: Your first draft of this chapter will not be your last draft. You can revise as much as you like, and you’ll certainly need to do at least some revision, so don’t feel precious about what you set down on the page. We...
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    Homework Week 3: OPTIONAL WRITING EXERCISES

    Exercise 1: Can you write an opening for a story set in a “usual” place (e.g. dining room, local park, high school) that uses specific details to pique the reader’s interest? Exercise 2: Can you redraft an unsatisfying opening of your own work – or another story or novel that you’ve read – to...
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    Discussion Week 3 Discussion Thread: What NOT to Include in Your Opening Pages

    Here are some questions to think about this week (or raise your own) in the following discussion thread .... 1/ Look at a piece of your own writing and see if you’ve included any of the things agents and editors typically dislike in new submissions. If so, have you provided a fresh take on the...
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    Lecture Week 3: What NOT to Include in Your Opening Pages

    This week we’re going to turn our focus to things to avoid in the beginning pages of your manuscript largely because they’re overdone, or simply because they may not be the best way to present your opening to its full effect to an agent, editor, or, ultimately, a reader. Remember that, as with...
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    That's a great observation. Maybe take one of your own works in progress and see if you can do...

    That's a great observation. Maybe take one of your own works in progress and see if you can do what Baldwin did in a rewrite of your first couple of pages?
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    Excellent examples and analysis of what Baldwin is doing there to grab your attention. Thank you...

    Excellent examples and analysis of what Baldwin is doing there to grab your attention. Thank you for sharing! (Did you learn anything from this exercise you might apply in your own writing?)
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    Completely up to you. If you want to share, I'm happy to comment!

    Completely up to you. If you want to share, I'm happy to comment!
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    Homework WEEK 2: OPTIONAL WRITING EXERCISES

    If you have time, you might want to try one of these exercises: 1/ If you have a work in progress that you haven’t finished yet, see if you can write a final scene for it that informs where you want the story to go. You don’t have to use this scene in the final manuscript, but does it tell you...
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    Discussion Week 2 Discussion Thread: Beginnings and Endings

    Here are some exercises you might like to try based on this week's materials, or feel free to chime in on anything on your mind about this topic. Exercise 1: Think about a story or novel you’ve read where the ending particularly satisfied (or failed to satisfy) you. Look back to the beginning...
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    Lecture Week 2: Beginnings and Endings

    Reading: Jacqui Lipton, Avoiding the Bad Beginning (available at: Avoiding the bad beginning with Jacqui Lipton - SavvyAuthors) Reading: Nancy Kress. Beginnings, Middles, & Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing), pp 129 (Checklist for Successful Endings, attached) What the heck am I doing talking...
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    Glad you enjoyed the article. I didn't create the image, but I did find it and thought it...

    Glad you enjoyed the article. I didn't create the image, but I did find it and thought it encapsulated what I was going for. Totally agree re people of color and historical fiction. It's beginning to happen now very seriously with a real push in kidlit but I suspect not as much as it should be...