Plotting isn't like sex, because you can go back and adjust it afterwards. Whether you plan your story beforehand or not, if the climax turns out to be the revelation that the mad professor's anti-gravity device actually works, you must go back and silently delete all those flying cars buzzing around the city on page one. If you want to reveal something, you need to hide it properly first - Colin Greenland
Nov 28, 2011
Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, November 28, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, November 24, 2011
Competition was a lot stiffer this year - I entered the same synopsis I entered last year and scored an almost identical score but dropped 6 places in the rankings. Like my High 5 I seem to have split the judges with very high scores from two judges being counter-balanced by a low score from a third. Considering I would rather go to the dentist than write a synopsis (in fact, I remember setting aside 2 weeks where I set the goal of writing my synopsis, and it took me the full two weeks to do so), I'm pretty happy with that.
Nov 21, 2011
Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, November 21, 2011
Plotting is like sex. Plotting is about desire and satisfaction, anticipation and release. You have to arouse your reader's desire to know what happens, to unravel the mystery, to see good triumph. You have to sustain it, keep it warm, feed it, just a little bit, not too much at a time, as your story goes on. That's called suspense. It can bring desire to a frenzy, in which case you are in a good position to bring off a wonderful climax - Colin Greenland
Nov 17, 2011
Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, November 17, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, November 14, 2011
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nov 10, 2011
Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, November 10, 2011
This year they have a dedicated website (here) for the event, so it is much easier to follow and participate. Best of all, this year the big contest can lead to a publishing contract (you just need a full manuscript by Dec 15th).
This is the place to learn all you wanted to know about writing series romance!
Nov 7, 2011
Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, November 07, 2011
To the composition of novels and romances, nothing is necessary but paper, pens, and ink, with the manual capacity of using them. ~ Henry Fielding ~
Nov 4, 2011
Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, November 04, 2011
What job would you do for free?