Nov 28, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, November 28, 2011 0 comments
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 24, 2011

Selling Synopsis Finalists

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, November 24, 2011 0 comments
Congratulations to Marilyn Forsyth, Clare Jude, Eloise Shannon (twice!), Christine Taylor and Allison Withers who made the final round of the Selling Synopsis contest. Their synopsis entries are now with Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency for their final judging. Best of luck!!

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

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, November 21, 2011 0 comments
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

High 5 Results and Finalists

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, November 17, 2011 2 comments
Firstly, congratulations to the six finalists: Anne-Louise Dubrawski, Bernice Greenham, Cornelia Kamp, Dorothy Martin, Melissa Smith and Jennifer St George. At the moment their High 5 entries are in the hands of Harlequin's Charles Griemsman who is judging the final placings. Best of luck to all of you!

Now for my results. Another mixed bag (seems to be the norm for me). For my current wip I received two very high scores, but the third was quite low so dragged down my overall score - I seem to have that happen a lot! I think (reading between the lines of the judges' comments) that I have a good story and voice, but perhaps there were some elements of craft that let me down. So two judges went with the story and voice (hence the high score) and the other pulled me up on the craft (hence the low score). But I am not disappointed. The craft issues were pointed out to me before the results came back so I was expecting it, and I am thrilled that my story was loved.

What more could you ask for?

Nov 14, 2011

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, November 14, 2011 0 comments

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 1 comments
Harlequin are again running their "So You Think You Can Write" week. It started Monday - but it isn't too late to join in and catch up.

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

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, November 07, 2011 0 comments

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

The Perfect Job

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, November 04, 2011 0 comments
I've heard it said that ...the perfect job is the one you would do for free... I guess that just proves that writing is the perfect job for me. After all, I am doing it for free. At least for the moment I am. I hope that one day I'll be paid to write the stories in my head - to me that really would make it the perfect job!

What job would you do for free?

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