All posts tagged: Susan Meier

Write on, Wednesday: Carrying On

By Leslie Lindsay Okay, so we left off last Wednesday talking about the 7 key reasons your manuscript blood, sweat, and tears is rejected by agents/editors via a Susan Meier’s workshop I attended.  Well, what do you say we continue with some hints and tips for how you may go back to that keyboard (after you have cried your heart out, stomped around in a funk, and eaten your weight in chocolate). If the rejection comes back with something like, “Nothing seems to happen in this story.”  Well, you have a plot problem.  Go back and speed-read your manuscript.  Fast.  See what you can do to make it have a few more problems.  If you want to change something, that’s fine…but see if you can tweak just a few words here and there so that you are not drastically re-writing the whole darn thing.  You may want to make a list of 20 here…what are 20 things you can do to add some more varirty to your plot.  It’s okay to be outrageous here.  You …

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 …