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For me, the next step was considering markets. I didn’t want to self publish, but nor did I want an agent while just starting out. (We’ll call it control issues). But I did want help getting my first book published. So I researched publishers who were putting out books I liked and that were similar to mine. I read their books, I internet stalked the editors. I wrote a query letter basically stating I’d done both (without the stalking bit).

The best way to gain confidence while querying is to know your stuff. Nail the query letter down, research agents, sample their clients’ work, read agent interviews, read query tracker reviews, etc. I spend about 1-2 hours researching agents and then fine-tuning my query letters.

Chapter 1: Inciting incident

Chapter 4: Break into Act 2
Chapter 13: Midpoint — character has everything they want
Chapter 15: Things get a lot worse
Chapter 18: Everything is lost
Chapter 20: Break into Act 3
Chapter 21: Character starts figuring stuff out
Chapter 23: Climax
Chapter 24: Final conflict
Chapter 25: End

http://asideofwriting.com/2012/04/03/the-7-point-plot-structure-by-dan-wells/

The basic points of this structure are these:

  1. The Hook
  2. Plot Turn 1
  3. Pinch 1
  4. Midpoint
  5. Pinch 2
  6. Plot Turn 2
  7. Resolution

Drop the mic & go find Sarah.

Selfmanic:

“Tell her she’s okay. Just tell her she’s okay today.”

Yes, you got up, made it to work and are present today. Things can only get better from there.

Originally posted on Hannah Brencher:

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“What were you like at 20?”

Her text came through this morning in the middle of my writing hours.

I had to pause. Walk away from the computer. Find a space on the floor where, if you sit in just the right spot, the sunlight will flood through the window and cover your knees like a soft, thin blanket.

I honestly haven’t given much thought to who I was at 20 years old. That was seven years ago. I was a junior in college.

I responded to her text with a bunch of scenarios:

When I was 20, I had my first internship with the city’s newspaper. I wore high heels and strut around the campus center like I was really important— an absolute boss.

When I was 20, I was enamored with a boy who would read me Walt Whitman poetry at 2am and then take me for walks…

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Camp Nanowrimo Day 4

Main Story Idea: You can drop your 1 line here, or your "Before" (main character’s Ordinary World).

  1. Beryl has lost everything and is starting a new life, working as a spy for the country she was exiled and thought dead, she’s forced yet again to prove her worth as a mage.

Inciting Incident: What happens to change everything from what WAS to what IS.

  1. ​(What are the dark under currents in the city?)​

Turning Point: Transition where the character gives in (or is dragged) to the adventure, journey, what​ ​
have​ ​
you.

  1. ​She begins to care for those around her and she sees them in danger.​

Stakes: What’s the risk to the character or to something the character cares about to move forward–or to not move forward? Is there a ticking clock?

  1. ​If her cover is blown she will be forced to flee.​

Characters (major and minor): List specific names of character or the roles that you’ll need to fill along the way. (ie: Pilot, R2-D2, Wookie, Luke Skywalker, Old dude who knows stuff about the force….*ducks*)

  1. ​Beryl Marcian, called Mage
  2. Beryl’s bond mates, Argent and Rune
  3. King of Orlean
  4. Love interest 1
  5. Love interest 2
  6. Political Rival​

Setting: Places the character will experience–sensory.

  1. ​The Royal Palace
  2. The Capital of Orlean​

Props: Objects that characters will need to be introduced to (whether or not they are on the page beyond conversation–ie: a gun on the wall, a jewel reported stolen, a body dropped right in front of the main character)