Friday Five: April 27 Edition

1. Creating the Perfect Pitch (Seven Sassy Sisters): “…the most important thing to remember about pitching is that you want your story to stand out from all the other pitches. And the way to do that is to figure out what makes your story different and concentrate your pitch on that aspect of it (and if there isn’t anything that makes it different then choose another story!).  That’s your hook.”

2. What’s in a Name? And a Prologue? (I Heart Presents): “Can an intriguing prologue sell a story? Act as a better taster than half-a-scene, cut off mid sentence? Yes? No? Huh?”

3. WOW Wednesday: Catherine Knutsson with Tips on Patience, Editing, and Heart (Adventures in YA and Childrens Publishing): “I am here to inspire! I hope I do, because goodness knows we all need a little inspiration! Writing is hard work, and often lonely work, and for me, it’s often scary work, too. But, there are things every writer can do to smooth the path, so to speak. Some of what I suggest below may go against the grain, but think of this as food for thought, or tools to stick in your toolbox.”

4. Five Types of Work that Fill Your Day (The 99 Percent): “Hacking work is all the rage these days, along with tips for managing email, taking notes, and running meetings. But, at a higher level, what can we learn from analyzing the different types of work we do and how we allocate our time?”

5. The Freedom that Comes With Deleting (GradHacker): “As someone who is never quite happy with the work I produce, I’ve found that I tend to over-analyze details.  This leads to a lot of hours of quality time between me and my computer.  Between that and my tendency to push through things (even when I really shouldn’t), I find myself sometimes stressing out over things that just need to be deleted.”

Bonus Video: A remake of a Kanye West and Jay-z song for book lovers–Read so hard, I’m literary…Retail so hard, I get paper cuts

Published by tianajohnson90

I am an oil-and-water combination of humor, ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, procrastination, and drive. I am an aspiring romance novelist who writes by the seat of her pants. Waging and sometimes winning a daily battle with procrastination, plots, characters, and the day job.

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