The Agent Rejection

I’m about to begin querying my GenX novel After December to a small press. I made the decision over the weekend after considering, again, the response I received from an agent last spring. Agent: Nobody wants to read about the 90’s. It’s too recent to be considered historic and too long ago to be considered... Continue Reading →

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Let the Music Play

In my Very Important Literature courses, the ones where we only read the most distinguished work by the most influential writers, we established some rules for fiction. Rules are important because they help you figure out if what you’re reading is worthy of distinction or if it is destined for the discount rack. One of... Continue Reading →

The First Novel

So I finished the novel I started in 1989 and submitted it to the SC Arts Commission’s First Novel Competition. Related posts forthcoming, this experience has been awesome. But here's the first post-submission reflection. Let me explain what happens when you re-join a world you created. First, you remember the times and reasons you created... Continue Reading →

Say What You Mean: Dialogue Workshop Part 1

Last night in our November Columbia Writers’ Alliance meeting, I presented a workshop on dialogue.I used clips from a favorite novel, Water for Elephants, which had short pieces of dialogue of each type. Here, I’ve used my own work because I wanted to see if I’d been successfully applying what I know about the fundamentals... Continue Reading →

A Moment When the World is Silent — Novel Excerpt

This is the first 3000 words of the novel I'm querying. It received a review here. It's been edited, but needs more work. Your comments are appreciated. ____________________________________________________________ Wednesday Tony is dead. He killed himself Monday night. I took my window seat. Twelve hours and thirty-two minutes since I was told, forty-five minutes since I’d... Continue Reading →

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