Wednesday links: Hope for new writers, dual timelines, and questions to ask when writing

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. There’s still hope for new writers!, from Books & Such Literary Management: If you’re feel down because you’re a new writer who hasn’t found representation yet, don’t give up hope. Instead, take a look at this post from Books & Such. Excerpt: “One of my favorite things to do is to call a debut client to tell him or her that we received an offer. It’s such a delight to share in the moment when that author’s dreams become a reality.”
  2. Chronicling a Non-Chronological Story: Writing a Dual Timeline Novel, from Writer UnBoxed: Some stories simply can’t be told chronologically. How, then, should you go about telling them? Excerpt: “When I conjure up an image of the word “time,” I visualize a long snake that winds and crosses over itself in random places. It’s a loopy mess. Completely illogical.”
  3. Even Pantsers Should Ask Themselves These Questions For Fiction Manuscripts, from WOW! Women On Writing: Whether you outline a story or pants it, at some point you need to make sure you have all of the essential elements in place. Excerpt: “This seems to happen a lot in flash fiction, especially, and maybe it’s because there aren’t a lot of words to work with. But winning stories tell a complete tale, and to have a whole story there, these questions have to be answered by the writer and included in the story.”

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