Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesday's Tips for Flailing Writers

How many of The 14 Biggest Mistakes Even Best-Selling Writers Make have you made? And you're still unpublished? Weird.

The title sounds simplistic, but the advice is good: The Wall Street Journal asks successful authors How to Write a Great Novel.

Okay, so I probably should've shared this with you sooner: Men With Pens' 5 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before You Write a Novel.

If you read The Business of Writing's 8 Tips for Writing Compelling Imagery and still can't come up with a quick and concise way to describe your lead vampire's crypt/crash-pad, stick your over-priced fountain pen in your ear. Now push.

Let's finish this up with the best bit of writing-related advice I came across this week. Guide to Literary Agents has been posting query letters that "succeeded in getting writers signed with agents," as well as thoughts from the agents as to why the letters worked. Steal liberally.