William Reinhardt Deutsch, a millionaire on his deathbed, wants to know if spirits, ghosts, or other paranormal phenomena are real, and he knows the best place to find an answer – Hell House.
You don’t need advice from me about querying, but you’re getting it anyway. Here are five additional thoughts about what we all hate doing.
Too many writers quit, and that could allow less talented people to get published more often. Each time a writer quits pitching, it allows someone else’s manuscript to get into the hands of an agent or publisher. Maybe you’re just not ready yet.
Readers only know what you tell them. If you don’t tell them why your main character is stalking his neighbors, they won’t care very much about him. If you want that stalker to eventually be sympathetic and win over your readers, then his motivations must be clearly detailed. If not, he’s just another violent, disposable creep.
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When a significant piece of literature is presented, it’s usually better to read it and have an educated opinion than to not read it at all, even if you’re disappointed about the time and effort given. Considering the impact of To Kill a Mockingbird, this is one of those literary pieces, and you should read it.
You’ve probably heard people say “You have to know the rules before you can break them.” For a long time I wasn’t sure what that meant, not until I realized I had been doing exactly that. Here are some rules about breaking rules.
It’s not a surprise that publishers balked at the book because of the graphically described sex. By today’s standards, of course, it’s not even something to blink at. In the 40’s, however, it would have been passed around in a plain brown wrapper.
“Bad boy, staring at my legs like that.” She pushed the toe of her shoe against his shoulder, rocking him gently. “That’s what gets you into trouble. First you’re staring. Then touching. Then. Well, then you go too far is all, and then I have to clean up the mess.”
I hated the three different first-person narrators, constant time shifts, and what occasionally felt like a soap opera, but the ending was worth it.
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