I’ve been asked numerous times to create a manual for people I critique for, so
here and there I’m gonna take a weekend and jot down some of my secrets.
Those of you who have enjoyed The Dan Treatment on your critiques will recall some wise bits of info being delivered, and might even wish some of it were available in a reference manual for you.
For those of you who have expertise on certain areas, let me know what topic you might wanna tackle. This could evolve into a series and eventually an anthology-type omnibus. Meanwhile, I’ll get back to work and on the next rainy weekend I’ll pop out another one of these.
This one will be on sale soon enough, but if you’d like to read it NOW and are prepared to sing its praises on Ammy – or say it sucks, I guess, because I’m asking for truth and not just praise – then use the Contact Me button and I’ll send you a copy!
Limited quantities. Hurry!
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Other Ideas That May Need Addressing For The Series
- B is for Beta Readers, Blurb, (Why You Should) Blog, a Bad review
- C is for Character Interview, Critique Partners, Conferences, Cliffhanger chapter endings, Contests
- D is for Dialogue Tags, Death
- E is for Editing, Easy To Read Means Hard Work In The Writing, Author Events
- F is for Funny, Fresh Eyes, Flash Fiction, Find Time To Write
- G is for Grabber Opening,
- H is for Hook, Hesitate
- I is for Interview (Character Interview), Doing an author Interview, Immersion, Indie (why every writer should learn indie even if they wanna be trad
- J is for Jump Cut between scenes
- K is for Kick ass dialogue, kick ass characters, kick ass stories, Editing Kills
- L is for Love
- M is for Mystery, Marketing
- N is for Nothing Is What It Seems
- O is for Outline, Opening lines, 5 things for your opening chapter
- P is for Plot Twists, Pace, go where the Pain lives, Psycho, Paranormal
- Q is for Quitting (stay motivated)
- R is for Reaction Before Action, Character Reactions (not rushing on to the next exciting scene), React (Have A Character React The Way You Want The Audience To React), Realism
- S is for Sex Scenes, Signings, Sample chapters, your blog Sucks, Steamy scenes
- T is for Tension, Teasing
- U is for 10 Things That Make Your Story Unreadable, Uncomfortable (getting out of your comfort zone)
- V is for Vices (your characters, to make them interesting; yours that keep you from writing), Vampire Romances as in please no
- W is for Write Drunk/Edit Sober, find time to write, the spousal fight that comes from writing all the time
- X is for X rated, Xenophobe – how to write black characters if you’re white, and gay guys, and other stuff
- Y is for yellow and describing other colors in your story like sunsets, Yearning (will they/won’t they in Moonlighting, Cheers, and a million other stories), or: YES! I made a book – now what?
- Z is for Zoo as in describing animals and yes I mean poop smell but not just poop smell, Zombies (as in please no)