Couple of other lads were claiming their prizes, one was screaming with blood running down his face, but, you know, it's a battle, ain't it. If everyone came out smiling there'd be no point. (Joe Abercrombie, The Heroes)3. Never mix tenses. If it is past tense, do not use sentences such as, "His hand felt as though he had plunged it in a fire now."
I sincerely hope you really are a very good writer, because with absolute no third party input, how will you know where you are going wrong?What if you love to write but are incredibly shy in letting others read your work. So because of this, you work up the courage to finally submit, but despite reading all the 'how to' guides you mess up you submission/ query letter?
Definitely a good idea.I will take the advice and submit on here for critique ... for better or for worse (eeek!).
It really depends on whether the agent in question is the old-fashioned sort who asks for sample chapters up front - some are moving to the American model of wanting a query letter first, and that really is your only chance to impress them*.Thank you for coming back to me so speedily (if only you were an agent ).
The funny thing is, in every single other area I am a confident person who deals with stress easily. I am definitely not easily frightened... unless you want to read my work. Then I shrivel up. Embarrassing really. So when it comes to selling my work via the submission letter, I really don't do a very good job. It's nice to know that perhaps failing at this doesn't necessarily mean my writing will be overlooked... so thanks for my first confidence booster.
That's true to a certain extent, but by participating in more general writing discussions and observing online critiques, you'll soon get a feel for what's good advice and what's BS. And there are a lot of unpublished writers out there who are competent to critique you - the main difference between published and unpublished is that the former have submitted work enough times to find someone to pay money for it. My prose was of a publishable standard for at least a decade before I signed a contract, but I hadn't actually finished a novel at that point, so...Hi, one of the reasons I stayed away from online forums for critique is that the people judging your work are generally unpublished writers who might, with the best of intentions, give detrimental advice. Writing is an incredibly subjective thing and if the advice doesn't come from professionals it might even damage your work.
Heartily seconded. I'm still a mid-ranking, unpublished no-hoper, but even I have got tired of commenting on flaccid sentence structure, wild grammar, info-dumping, head-hopping and all the rest of it. As Anne says, one ends up doling out the same advice time and time again and I'm far from convinced that many folk read the resource stickies before posting.I don't any more, because I've been doing it for years and frankly it gets wearisome after a while, correcting the same mistakes and handing out the same advice. If you want professional critique, you need to take a writing class or pay for professional editing.