The character arc is an evolution. Your protagonist should not be the same person at the end of the story that she was at the beginning.
Have you ever wanted just to sit down with a senior editor and ask what it is they want? Do your eyes glaze over when yet another query letter is answered with “thanks, but no thanks’? You’ve worked and worked at your submission, followed all the suggestions given to you and, while you wait for query replies, your non-nails are red and raw with worry.
And then I read her first book set in Tudor England, a period I’ve loved for thirty years. That led me to take a face-to-face course with Barbara where we discussed each participant’s first thirty pages over two days as well as had private time with Barbara. That was excellent for talking one-on-one about my book and my hopes for it. I took the course again a couple of weeks ago with my second book and was happy to realize I had learned a lot in the interim.
I spent a productive day on the weekend at a session put on by the Writers’ Community of Durham Region. Sam Hiyate of The Rights Factory in Toronto spoke to about 21 attentive writers and I’m not sure who had more fun, him or us. Sam’s enthusiasm as he talked about several of the books he represents kept the writers enthralled, each of us hoping to be the next published author whose story he might tell.
Writing a novel is a little like playing checkers. There are lots of different moves, not all of them good if you want to be successful. Going out to the London Writers Society and joining one of the critique groups really helped me jump over the red checker with my black one. Now I’m fairly flying down the board to the end, ready to shout, “King me! King me!”
One knew enough about social media that she could very easily have taught the session. Oh, and in her spare time? She’s a writer.
Did you ever wonder what makes a person write? Or how someone can write with a whole other life full to the brim? Today’s video is about one such person: Jennifer Filipowicz. In a delightful private session while a number of us were at a weekend writing retreat, I talked with Jennifer about her background–her mother is a published author, her reasons for writing, and her hopes for the future.