Tag Archive | editors

Izzy May I: The Write Word Count

Word Count: Some writers obsess over it, while others couldn’t care less. Either way, if you’re seeking publication, there will come a time when you’re asked for the estimated word count of your manuscript. Is 50,000 not enough? Is 115,000 tipping the scale? Most agents, editors, authors, and fellow bloggers agree that…

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.” —Stephen King, WD

Speak Up! Friday Quotes (9)

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. “Like a city with breached walls is a man without self-control” (Proverbs 25:28 ISV). “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a […]

THAT MOMENT WHEN THURSDAYS (5)

THAT MOMENT WHEN THURSDAYS (5)

That moment when someone steals your work and gets credit for it. That moment when you miss a deadline. That moment when you submit your work early (for once in your life).

Inspiration Point

“Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say” (Raymond Chandler). “When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his […]

2AM: The Smiling Man Suspense Video

Regardless of gender, age, and race, walking alone and walking alone at night can put your whole body — everything that you are — into a tense state of high alert. In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fight or Flight.”

“This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”

“This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
As a child, the anticipation of eating one of my mom’s freshly made brownies nearly drove me to the brink of insanity. She had a rule about how long they needed to cool down before my sister and I could cut them. I’d be bouncing off the walls with…