Friday Five: June 1

1. Keeping Your Unwavering Passion to Write (Adventures in YA and Childrens Literature): “When I look back at my publishing journey, the most crucial factor for me in transitioning from a writer to an author was maintaining my persistence and belief in the face of frustration and rejection. Writing can be a solitary and disheartening profession, and the road to publication is hardly ever easy. Most writers admit to writing multiple novels, facing countless rejections, and confronting numerous personal demons before ever getting published. And it doesn’t stop there. Self doubt and fear of failure can be paralyzing to published authors as well. No one in her right mind would persist through it unless she truly loved the journey. In the end, it all comes down to having an unwavering passion to write.”

2. Those Critical First Five Pages (As We Were Saying): “One of the main reasons agents, acquiring editors and readers will reject a book after reading the first few pages is that they’re confused. They need to get a picture right away about whose story it is, why we should care about that person, and roughly where and when the story is taking place. Once readers have a handle on the main character and the setting, they can relax and settle into the story world. Of course, you also have to spark their interest with a problem early on—put your protagonist in some hot water with an inciting incident, so the reader can sympathize with them and start rooting for them.”

3. Our Dreams Are Who We Are (Petticoats and Pistols): “We need to be participants in our lives, not spectators. We need to be passionate about our dreams. Sometimes simply revisiting our dreams is the kick we need to change our thinking and get us out of a rut. So dream big and dream often.”

4. Narrative, Transitions & Maintaining Forward Momentum In Your Story (Adventures in YA and Children’s Literature): “Our job as writers is to keep readers reading. Beyond that, we want to make them forget they are reading so they feel they are in the story and have a stake in the outcome. That’s easiest to do in scenes, which consist primarily of action and dialogue with some internalization and description sprinkled in. But narrative, much maligned, is often useful or even necessary despite the bad rap it gets from the oh-so-often-repeated “show don’t tell” rule we all throw around.”

5. Upping the Pace By Getting Some Rhythm (Seven Sassy Sisters): “…you gotta have PACE. If the story’s the heart then the pace is its lungs, the engine that drives the whole thing forward. Without it the story just runs out of steam and the reader gives up way ahead of the finish-line”

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