Hints and tips for surviving a virtual literary speed date and how to pitch your manuscript | Shannon Meyerkort
Category Archives: Lessons and failures
Finding Story Talismans and Motifs
Motifs are not necessarily part of the story and often do not carry any extra meaning for the characters themselves. It is a relationship between the author and audience… the symbols must be both subtle yet significant | Shannon Meyerkort
Starting from Scratch (again)
What happens when you realise you need to rewrite your entire book because you didn’t tell the story you thought you had? A lesson in starting over | Shannon Meyerkort
Finding Beta Readers (Making yourself vulnerable)
A Beta Reader’s job is to provide constructive feedback as an informed casual reader – they’re looking at big picture issues such as story, characters, timing and basic structure: does the story work?
Can you make money from blogging?
I had been under the distinct impression that writing, in any form, was a humbling and poverty-inducing career choice; that one chose it from a place of deep desire, like a religious calling, and not because you could actually make a buck from it…
Writing Character Arcs (or Falling in Love with your Characters)
‘But does Winnie actually want a husband and children, or is she happily single?’ my mentor Brooke asked as we discussed my book, Letting Go. ‘What does she want from life?’ ‘Ahhhhh,’ was my rather inarticulate response. I didn’t know. It suited my purposes for this particular character to be childless, but I hadn’t consideredContinue reading “Writing Character Arcs (or Falling in Love with your Characters)”
Addicted to flashbacks
An addiction to flashbacks may sound like I misspent my youth, but in reality I have discovered an over-reliance on a literary technique that threatens to turn my book into a time-hopping debacle.
Why You Should Keep a Record of Rejection
What embarrassing secrets have I got hidden in my ‘rejection file’? Why writers should keep records of their submissions | Shannon Meyerkort
Interviewing Experts for your Novel
‘They wouldn’t be sweating once they were in cardiac arrest, even if it was a cocaine overdose,’ the lady across from me said. She stopped to think. ‘With a heroin overdose they might be sweaty once they’ve been resuscitated and trying to get back to normal, but it would be unlikely that two people inContinue reading “Interviewing Experts for your Novel”
Spending the $50million
I’m sure you’re familiar with that marvelous feeling, after you have bought a lotto ticket but before the draw, where the possibility of winning the $50 million dollars is so real and tangible you can taste it. When you are making lists in your head, spending your winnings, deciding which holidays to go on, whichContinue reading “Spending the $50million”