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Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday's Food For Thought


"Agents and editors often ignore synopses and plot outlines; instead, we skip right to the actual manuscript. If the writing is good, then we'll go back and consider the synopsis. If not, the manuscript is discarded." ~The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman.

14 comments:

  1. very good blog, congratulations
    regard from Reus Catalonia
    thank you

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  2. This is short...but very sweet! And smart!

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  3. Thank you for the kind compliment Te la ma Maria! And thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Sorry it's so short Karlene. I can't step away from my WIP long enough to write a full blown blog post today. The words are flowing too well and are demanding my attention! Love it when that happens!

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  5. good stuff! yep it's all about the writing!;-)

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  6. So true Christina! If the writing doesn't measure up no one will care how great the plot is.

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  7. Good to know since I tend to be pretty horrible at writing outlines.

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  8. Good one! I love Lukeman. But I confess, when I first read his book he terrified me. So many things to remember—and so many ways to mess up :-)

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  9. I know huh Alissa? I hate outlines! When my agent asked for one I about went into a panic cause it was aweful!

    Lukeman's book terrified me too at first Portia. One of the biggest mistakes he pointed out, I was making! The best advice I can give is to go through your novel with one chapter of that book in mind at a time, then repeat with the next chapter, and the next! Baby steps!

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  10. Good one! I'll keep that in mind and maybe pick up the book too, thanks!

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  11. I KNEW I heard that somewhere!! Good info. Short and sweet. I like it!

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  12. You'll love it Fida, it was a huge help to me!

    Yeah Lisa, I can hardly pull myself away from my manuscript today. But I had to post something to let you guys know I'm thinking of you!

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  13. I like this qoute from the book very much! And I def agree with him. It's all about the book! Also LOVE The First Five Pages. Was the very first writing book I ever read. Bought myself a copy in Hawaii so I could stop renting it from the library.

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  14. True Lindsey. It's a shame more agents don't ask for pages along with the query because it's so hard to tell from a query. I bet there's some writer that goes to that library who is very happy you bought that book! LOL!

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