The professionals who talk shop on the Writing Excuses podcast skew toward the fantasy end of the spectrum, but the shrewdness of their advice goes well beyond the bounds of genre. This session on “How Not to End Your Book” is a case in point. I particularly liked the idea that the promises a writer makes (sometimes inadvertantly) in the course of a story have to be satisfied by the ending. And this talk about the difference between satire and lampooning will lead any writer’s mind in some useful directions.
Miss Snark, the Literary Agent is no longer blogging, though presumably she is still snarking — and agenting. But her site is still live, and the advice is still good.
You remember the scene in Glengarry Glen Ross where Alec Baldwin explains the elements of salesmanship — attention, interest, decision, action? Okay, so imagine Baldwin’s voice as we go through the building blocks that add up to a fully realized scene.
Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things. And ten times never get stressed about writing a synopsis. Especially because it might, you know, actually help sell your freakin’ manuscript and get your literary career rolling. Just a thought.
Time flies right along, but writing, marketing, selling and publishing a novel sure doesn’t. Let the man explain exactly why this is so.