Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How to write a novel

This is Paul. I found him outside my granary, panting heavely under a 100 degree sky.
A trip to the vet resulted in three casts.
Two for broken legs and one for a damaged knee.
He is doing fine. The knee cast is gone and only a few more weeks
until the other two casts are removed.

Even though I consider myself, a dedicated and passionate writer, there is always something new to learn about my craft. Nathan Bransford has a wonderful and informative take on HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL. Check out his six step approach to writing a novel. Does your novel’s setting have change underway, personality and unfamiliarity?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Get your query letter critiqued and watch the video.

Ms. Marla Miller is offering to comment on your query letter free (what’s not to like about free). She works for the Writer Magazine and has several query critiques online. I watched the video (link below) and was impressed. Sooo I polished up my query letter and submitted it. She responded within the hour and said mine would be number two. Below is the blurb from the Writer Magazine eZine.

Speaking of learning opportunities: The first post in our new monthly video column "Critique My Query" is up on our website. Writer and marketing guru Marla Miller breaks down a query letter for a novel called Amy's Own. You can submit your own query letter to Marla by following the instructions after the article.

Check out the relater five-part query links at the bottom of the page. If you ever wanted feedback on your query letter this is an excellent time because Ms. Miller is actively seeking queries to meet her goal of two videos a week review.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hailstone takes out Satellite!

This will be a short post to let my faithful followers know that a week ago a Nebraska hailstone severed my internet connection. A one in a million shot took out my amplifier at the end of my satellite antenna. Bouncing off the reflector shield the hailstone broke the end of the amplifier’s cover, allowing water to enter and short out the transceiver. Today the technician replaced the broken part and I am once again able to connect with the WWW.

I am aware of the loss of my followers from my blog, also the loss of some of my previous posts. I am working on the problem that might include going to a different template.