The Dreaded Vagueness

Whenever I did pitch workshops of any kind, I kept seeing the same crucial piece of feedback appear over and over again, both on my own pitches and others’: don’t be vague. If you read a bunch of query or pitch feedback by people who know what they’re talking about, one thing rapidly becomes apparent:Continue reading “The Dreaded Vagueness”

(Not) Doing the Dumb Thing

Last night, I basically had this conversation with my main character: Me: I need you to do this thing. MC: Hell no. That’s stupid. Why would I do that? Me: Well, you can’t deny you want to do it. MC: Sure, but it’s risky and dumb. No thanks. Me: It’s OK. I promise nothing badContinue reading “(Not) Doing the Dumb Thing”

Subtle Revisions

I’m working on revisions now, and one thing I’m running into a lot is scenes where something has subtly changed in this revision. Maybe a character knows something earlier than they did in the previous draft, or their relationship with another character has changed, or the previous scene they just came from had a differentContinue reading “Subtle Revisions”