Tag Archives: GMCs

Unraveling the Mystery of GMCs — Online Class

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the private classes I offer online, so… Unraveling the Mystery of GMCs Do you struggle to determine your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts? Do you know the difference between internal and external … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Unraveling the Mystery of GMCs — Online Class

Unraveling the Mystery of GMCs

Do you struggle to determine your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts? Do you know the difference between internal and external GMCs? I can help unravel the mystery of goals, motivations, and conflicts. GMCs are the core of every memorable novel … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Unraveling the Mystery of GMCs

Are Your Scenes too Long or too Short?

Can you tell if your scenes are too long or too short? Do you know what to look for when trying to determine this? I’ll give you some pointers, but first, I want to talk about why you don’t want … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Are Your Scenes too Long or too Short?

Editor’s First Aid Will Help You Write Better

Have you heard about the online class I teach that helps writers write better? Deets below. PLUS, if you gather ten writers (or more) for the same session, we’ll do a group class, and all participants will save 10%. Classes start … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Editor’s First Aid Will Help You Write Better

How to Fix a Story That Lacks Substance

What does it mean when an editor or agent tells you your story lacks substance? While this might seem obvious, I know there are some of you out there who have scratched their heads when receiving this message. And I … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Sample Edit: First Page Critique for #pitchwars

Today, I’m visiting Brenda Drake’s blog with a first page critique for the Pitch Wars contest. Check it out: http://www.brenda-drake.com/2015/07/day-twenty-one-of-julys-first-page-workshop-with-pitch-wars-mentors-lynnette-labelle-2/. Lynnette Labelle www.labelleseditorialservices.com www.lynnettelabelle.com @LynnetteLabelle https://www.facebook.com/LynnetteLabelleAuthor

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sample Edit: First Page Critique for #pitchwars

How to Decipher an Agent’s Rejection Letter Part 2

Last week, I talked about agents rejecting query letters and how to decipher what the rejection letter might mean. Today, we’ll look at rejections you might receive from an agent who read a partial (usually 50-100 pages, but this varies) … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on How to Decipher an Agent’s Rejection Letter Part 2

How to Add Conflict to Your Story

Let’s face it, guys. Without conflict, there is no story. Happy characters are boring. Characters that go through their days without some sort of conflict are… meh. Readers read to escape not to experience the same kind of life they’re … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on How to Add Conflict to Your Story

10 Things Freelance Editors Shouldn’t Do for You

I’ve talked about readers’ expectations and agents’ expectations, but what about writers’ expectations when it comes to hiring a freelance editor? Of course, you’ll want her to be professional, knowledgeable, courteous, respectful, etc. But there are a few things that … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Do Editors Tell You What You Want to Hear?

I was surprised by something a writer said about editors when he commented on someone’s blog recently. He felt hiring an editor was a waste of money because “they tell you what you want to hear”. Really? Where did he … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Do Editors Tell You What You Want to Hear?