In suspenseful moments, you can ratchet up the tension even higher by inserting background noises. What not to do: The Point-of-View character would not be aware of them. You can, however, use action sounds, such as swords clanking during a duel and soles slapping on asphalt while the characters run.
But do make sure you pick the right agent. I also object to agents who charge a reading fee. You can, of course, approach a publisher directly. Agents do understand these things, and agents also know which editors are looking out for particular books and, better still, they often have more time to nurture a new writer than a publisher might have.
For a first novelist, sitting at home and writing into the terrible void, it is an acute question, and I had better say right away that I do not think I can provide the answer, but hope at least to put down some markers.
Think how many publishers turned down Day of the Jackal? Or, most famously, the vast number who rejected Harry Potter! We might produce the most sparkling, page-turning, original manuscript, and it can still get turned down luckily for some of us the opposite is also true.
Writing is not supposed to be a labour, but a joy. I do not speak here of literature, about which I know nothing, but the business of writing readable stories, and to the best of my knowledge no-one is forced into doing that. We do it because we think it is better than working, and because it is enjoyable, and though the production of a first and second, or twentieth manuscript can be a very hard labour, it must not show in the finished product.
Writing is fun, honest! Which means you have to get past the horrid stage of not enjoying it, and that is usually caused by a lack of confidence. Is the style all right? Style seems to be a stumbling block for many first novelists, and the only advice I can offer is to tell you how I overcame it.
Which is not to claim that I have a fine style, only that I no longer worry about it. But he was published. More, he was successful, so clearly I was being too critical.
The experience freed me of that worry. Reproduce three pages of a Sharpe novel on your own typewriter or word-processor, then come back to it and see just what rubbish can get published!
Later on, when I had written two or three books, I learned that style is something that can be applied at the later stages of writing.
The most important thing, the all-important thing, is to get the story right. Write, rewrite, rewrite again, and do not worry about anything except story. It is story, story, story. That is your business. Your job is not to educate readers on the finer points of Elizabethan diplomacy or Napoleonic warfare or villainous terrorist plots, your job is to divert and amuse people who have had a hard day at work.
What will get you published? Not style, not research, but story. Once the story is right, everything else will follow. Rewriting is falling off a log, the hard work is getting the story.
It took eight days to get the story right and three hours to rewrite the whole thing, and that rewrite included a brand new villain.How to Write a Romance Novel, Romance Writing If you’re trying your hand at romance writing, one of the most popular fiction genres, you’ve come to the right place.
Here you’ll find information on developing a dynamic, engaging heroine, her perfect lover, and the conflict that separates them.
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