Wednesday links: Pitch Wars and story concept

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I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

  1. Pitch Wars 2016 … all the details!, from Brenda Drake: Are you taking part in Pitch Wars this year? Or are you interested, but not sure what it entails? Check out the 2016 details post. Excerpt: “Those entering Pitch Wars submit applications (query plus first chapter of manuscript) to their chosen mentors. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for two months to get them ready for the agent round.”
  2. 4 Ways to Verify Your Story Concept Is Strong Enough, from Helping Writers Become Authors: A good idea doesn’t necessarily translate into a good concept. Are you unsure of whether yours does? Try answering these four questions. Excerpt: “Even once you get past all theboring, been-there, and just plain blah ideas to the point where you’ve discovered something legitimately interesting and cool—that’s not enough either. Many a cool story concept has gone on to be a wasted story.”
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