Objectivity and Distance: What experience are you giving your reader?

cheusepromoWriting is a very insular activity. We ask writers to write in solitude, spend hours alone contemplating their thoughts and their story.

However, there comes a time when you need to give yourself some objectivity. Can you take a break from being the creator and pretend for a moment you are a reader without insider information?

Writers have a lot of pressure to deliver a manuscript that is true to their integrity and a great experience for their reader. Whether it’s an agent, editor, or the mass market: Will your reader be entertained? Will they learn something about the world or themselves? Will they enjoy this book?

Intentional or not, writers are providing the reader with an ‘experience’ I like to call it. You are inviting a reader into the world you’ve created. You need to make sure it’s a whole and comprehensive world that readers want to spend time in. It’s hard to see this sometimes when you’re entranced in the writing process. But at some point you need to take an objectivity pill and stand back to evaluate whether you’ve given this meaningful and entertaining experience to the reader.

Questions to ask yourself for objectivity and improvement: Continue reading Objectivity and Distance: What experience are you giving your reader?

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Ask the Agent: Your Questions Answered! Part III

Question from Karma:
When an agent asks for a brief synopsis as part of submission process, is it safe to assume they’d like more than the paragraph that lives in the query letter? A 1-2 page breakdown?
Thanks so much!

When an agent asks for a synopsis they are looking for the bones of the plot to be laid out from start to finish. For some they use it to remind themselves of why they requested in the first place and jog their memory to the project at hand. For some they like to know the outcome to see if it works structurally before they delve into committing to read the whole thing.

Question from Maria: Continue reading Ask the Agent: Your Questions Answered! Part III