I hope you've enjoyed "10 things" week on my blog! I've had fun creating these, and view them as a practice exercise for my books (If you don't know, I write romance with a humor thread!)
I thought about making "10 things" a weekly post, and still may, but it will probably be more like monthly otherwise I'll run out of ideas for topics too fast, lol!
If you haven't checked out my earlier "10 things" blog posts, feel free!
10 things men can learn from romance novels
10 things men can learn from The Bachelor/The Bachelorette
10 excuses writers give for NOT writing
And without further adu...
TEN THINGS WRITERS DO NOT WANT TO HEAR
1.) Anything that starts with the word "Market" and ends with the letters I.N.G.
2.) "So basically, your heroine is a whore and your hero is gay." (If you are gasping right now, this is a true story and something a VERY valuable critique partner told me. Yeah, I had a few characterization issues if you can't already tell!)
3.) Did you just read **insert published author's name** 's new book? Her plot is pretty much the same as yours....
4.) Your book was pretty good, but I think you started it too early. It really starts more like on... chapter 30.
5.) A yawn while an agent/editor is reading your sell sheet at a conference.
6.) A chuckle at your sample chapters from an agent/editor.... when your book is a dramatic suspense.
7.) A horrified gasp at your sample chapters from an agent/editor.... when your book is a romantic comedy.
8.) The mention of your genre and the word "dead" in the same sentence.
9.) At a conference, while you stand near a huddle of agents gabbing... the mention of your name, the word "crap" accompanied by laughs and slaps on back. (NOTE: I'm not suggesting agents stand around and talk about authors in a negative way... just saying it wouldn't be something I'd view as good sign about my writing if I DID hear this, LOL)
10.) Your writing is good, but your plot, characters, setting, description, dialogue, and narrative all need major work. Have fun with that!!!