Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Author Skype with MarcyKate Connolly

We had a really fun author skype visit with MarcyKate Connolly, author of the middle-grade fantasy books, Monstrous and Ravenous.

 She gave us the following writing tips:

  • If you want to publish, you should get a literary agent.
  • It takes time and lots of trial and error before you can publish a book.
  • Plotting and pacing are very important, and it takes trial and error and listening to critique partners to get it right.
  • Writing is rewriting. Many people don't like to revise and rewrite, but that's what most of writing is.
  • When giving critiques, it helps if you say something good first, then make a suggestion, then say something good again. This is called the sandwich method.
  • To help with pacing, you can use a plotting tool like Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet
  • There are lots of places to find critique partners online, like AgentQueryConnect or AbsoluteWrite.
Thank you so much, MarcyKate, for taking time to talk to us!

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