Formatting Like a Microsoft Word Ninja

"Format guidelines were not instituted to drive you crazy. That's just a perk." —Janet Reid, Literary Agent The other day I was reading a blog post by agent-blogger Janet Reid (of Query Shark fame), who had some interesting things to say about the importance of manuscript formatting: "I'm reading (as are all other agents and editors) … Continue reading Formatting Like a Microsoft Word Ninja

Writing with Emotion: the Objective Correlative

In a recent Writer’s Unboxed post, agent and writing pro Donald Maass talks about the importance of writing emotion—and the frequency with which authors get it wrong. Three weeks ago, I attended a workshop by Martine Leavitt, who argued that relying on descriptions of a character’s internal emotions only serves to bore, or worse, distance the readers. (She said … Continue reading Writing with Emotion: the Objective Correlative