So, I know I said I was going to have time for these now, and I thought it was true. I forgot saying that gives the “How could things get any worse” effect. I almost got my first house, then we backed out to rent so the wife could focus on school. Which means moving time and all that fun stuff, and it happened all of a sudden. Like always. But then, if The Hobbit was called “An Expected Journey”, it probably wouldn’t have been as good.
writingthedreamblog put up an excellent post today about Literary Agents and why aspiring authors might want to try for an agent instead of going straight to the publisher. I’ll be writing my own thoughts on this, but there’s some good advice here.
Hello, everyone! I just sent out my first batch of query letters to several literary agents (*crosses fingers excitedly*), so for this post I thought I would focus on the subject of literary agents…
It’s always good to hear information from someone that knows what they’re talking about. And since I haven’t done the longer pitches, hearing how they work from a literary agent is probably better than any crazy theory I could come up with.
After attending conferences around North America for the past 6 years I’ve seen an array of pitching techniques. Some good. Some…not so good. I get it. It’s not easy to pitch your…
The Two-Tiered Train Trip Tautogram
Timmy traveled through the train’s Trough. The train’s Trough took these troubled travelers to their terminus.
Tommy traveled through the train’s Top Tier. The train’s Top Tier took these tony travelers to their terminus.
Timmy thought the train trip traversed terribly. Terrible, terrible, terribly trite! Timmy thought. Timmy thought that the train’s tycoon treated these trembling travelers trimly.
Tommy thought the train trip traversed terrifically. Terrific, terrific, terrifically tip-top! Tommy thought. Tommy thought that the train’s tycoon treated these trusting travelers thrillingly. Continue reading
Then there’s the argument that there’s only 7 plots. I don’t buy into that oversimplification personally, because really, there’s ONE plot. Yep, that’s it. Here it is: “There’s a conflict. It’s resolved” (NOT being resolved counts as a way of being resolved, strangely enough). So really, every story is just a derivative of Gilgamesh, because it was the first we know of to use the ONE plot.
You Can’t Do That!
“Home is where the heart is, so it follows you wherever you go. Unless you’re friends with Mola Ram… You can’t do that.” –Unknown
You sure as well can’t fry an eagle,
Make a coat from your pet beagle,
Fill up a semi without diesel,
Steal a ring from Gollum/Smeagol.
Of course, there’s no magic number. Hopefully, we all know that. But we can also agree, there’s one we can all agree on.
The thing is, you have to come up with your own process. And sometimes it takes awhile for the Emperor to find his New Groove. It’s important though, to find what works FOR YOU. Not for J.K. Rowling, not for Stephen King, not that kid who got a point or two higher than you on his Biology essays, but YOU.
So I was once told that Hemingway’s six word stories were extremely difficult. For anyone who hasn’t heard of these, the original is “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” There can be a lot said in so few words. So in that same spirit, I decided to come up with several of them myself:
He really believed he could fly.
Wow! That coffee really is hot!
Are you sure this is chicken?
Headline: Winning ticket sucked in shredder.
In the mirror, she saw nothing.
The switch flipped; the sizzle began.
No, that one’s the litter cake.
The cage should have been locked…
The map shows it’s right here!
Honey? Then who the hell’s this?
About Fluffy… Yeah…
Finally, an Armageddon prediction was right.
Don’t worry, our shampoo is gluten-free.
But… The TV… is unplugged…
Jane, I’m not your real mother.
Three… Weren’t there four before?
That wasn’t juice.
The cake is a lie.
Huh? Aren’t you my cable guy?
The real John wouldn’t do that!
Your flight has been delayed indefinitely.
Wanted: unlicensed gun, will return soon.
Hope you enjoyed! For more, there’s a site devoted to these: http://www.sixwordstories.net/
1: Your meter’s run out, Sammy… or should I say, The Phoenix?!
2: I may burn, but I’ll have your ashes.
1: My ashes belong to the dragon that slays me.
2: If his skin is as think as yours, the fight will never end.