Don’t get boring

So, TV plots are predictable enough that there’s a good place to stop watching. Consider that when you pace your chapters. Don’t let your readers overcome binge reading.

Overcome TV Show Binge-Watching with a Lesson In Plot

Looking backward

Ruth Harris just posted a short list of ideas to get a novel back on track. I was intrigued by the idea of reverse outlining. I’d never heard of it, but she pointed to one of my favorite sites for an explanation. It may be worth a try for a project that feels stuck.

Purdue OWL: Reverse Outlining

Perfect pitch

Your book is done … or close to done. You want to try traditional publishing, so you’re going to a writer’s conference that features time to pitch to agents (like this one in Madison, Wisconsin). Are you ready?

Here are some things to consider. All eight don’t apply directly to pitching a book. For one thing, you won’t be using a slide show. But several are well worth thinking about.

8 Things You Should Never, Ever Include in a Pitch Deck

On the dot

Honestly, I wish I had seen this tip years ago. I’m always taking notes at conferences and workshops and meetings. This tabbing technique will help a lot for times when I can’t use a computer and want to find information fast.
I can imagine using it in handwritten notes for projects, too. For example, if you write notes about plot or setting or characters, you can tab each.

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