Sunday, January 8, 2012

Another Great Resource

I just finished reading The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman. This book is fantastic and a must-have resource for writers. As Mr. Lukeman points out, "Agents and editors don't read manuscripts to enjoy them; they read solely with the goal of getting through the pile, solely with an eye to dismiss a manuscript." What Mr. Lukeman has done for the writer then, is to provide a list of the most common bad-writing identifiers that will cause an agent or editor to almost immediately toss a manuscript. Divided into three parts; Preliminary Problems, Dialogue, and The Bigger Picture, it offers a wealth of knowledge for the beginning or well-seasoned writer. I plan on putting these words of wisdom to use right away on my WIP.

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