All posts tagged: Spring Fling 2012 Chicagoland

Write on, Wednesday: Can this Manuscript Be Saved?

By Leslie Lindsay There are seven reasons a writer gets rejected, at least according to Susan Meier, romance writer of many.  Want to know what they are? 1.  Your story doesn’t fit with our line/publishing house.  As a writer, you will hear this as, “Not right for us.” 2.  There is not enough emotion/action/romance or perhaps too much (especially if you are writing fiction and it comes across as too romance-y). 3.  Bad characters. 4.  Weak story or lack of plot 5.  Poor dialogue 6.  And this one is left blank 7.  So is this one… (I was frantically taking notes at the Spring Fling Writer’s Conference at the end of April.  We were trying to cram waay too much into this workshop–yet, ironically it was one of my favorite ones I attended.) As a writer, you have three entry points for the reader to become captivated: 1.  Your scenes–>that all builds pacing and momentum 2.  Your story 3.  Your words–>the tone and how those words build your character However, a good story does not …

Write On, Wednesday: Sharpening the Saw

By Leslie Lindsay We writer’s need continuing education like the rest of us.  Writing may not be life or death as in my former career as an R.N. where we needed to do annual competancies, CPR re-certification, and CEUs….but it is just as vital.  And I do mean that in all ways–vital to making our writing stand out, and vital to the inner writer–those of us who feel we may die if we don’t get our daily word count in.  Of course, we aren’t going to die, but well…our words tend to atrophy. So, I am gearing up for a season of conferences and retreats.  Ha!  I say that as if I am going to be shipped off to a writer’s colony or something.  Alas, I am going to just two events this year (at least that I know of). This weekend, is the Spring Fling Conference held here in Chicagoland (http://www.chicagospringfling.com/) It’s really geared towards those who write romance.  Folks like Fern Michels, Nora Roberts, & Carly Phillips (I only know those names because I am sitting here at …