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Literary Agents: 10 Quick Tips to Snaring a Good One

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is from Barbara Poelle. As vice president of a literary agency herself, she understands exactly what it takes to get the interest of literary agents. And, with hundreds of manuscripts landing on agents desks week in, week out, she also understands just how quickly you need to hook an agent’s attention.

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The Nuances of Deep POV – Part 4

Deep POV is truly all about voice. I pointed out in a previous post that there is a difference between the author’s writing style and each character’s voice. Voice isn’t just how a character speaks out loud—nor is it about their “inner voice” as they think specific thoughts. It’s every line of the scene. I

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3 Character Arcs in the Karpman Drama Triangle

Drama presents something of an interesting conundrum. On the one hand, drama is the essence of story. Without it and its inherent dissonance, conflict, and stakes, there really isn’t much to a story. As writers and readers, we love drama. The irony is that, in real life, we recognize drama is often inherently destructive. “Drama queen,” “spare

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I’m In It For the Love (Mostly)

Writers in the Storm has always been a labor of love for everyone behind the scenes. Yes, it’s work to keep up a thrice-weekly blog for more than a decade, but it usually doesn’t feel like work. And the personal rewards are enormous. I haven’t taken a poll of all the other behind-the-scenes peeps, so

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