February 15th, 2016

Getting Out of the Dreaded Slump

Kate Moretti

I’m going to be honest. I’ve never had real writer’s block. Until recently, I really believed it was an excuse. I thought you could just write through it. I wrote THOUGHT I KNEW YOU and I swear I was high on sugar the whole time. It was the most fun I’ve had writing […]

November 23rd, 2015

5 Secrets to Writing with Suspense – Even if You Don’t Write Suspense

Kate Moretti

In July I wrote a guest post about finding your manuscript’s hook. The post was geared toward writers of all genres, with the tenet that even character studies can find a central conflict and thus construct an opening hook. The same is true for writing with tension.

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September 21st, 2015

What is High Concept?

Kate Moretti

We’ve all seen the examples: Wizard School, Dinosaur Park, Titanic. Don’t shudder everyone, high concept is back. Whether it was ever “out” is somewhat debatable. We see it on agent’s manuscript wish lists, in rejection letters, in publisher submission pages. Everyone seems to want a compelling pitch, to heck with characters and […]

July 20th, 2015

Fishing Out Your Manuscript Hook

Kate Moretti

Congratulations, you did it! You typed “The End”. Finite. Have a glass of wine, heck have a bottle. Now, polish it up, send it out to agents, maybe editors. Maybe you get a few rejections, no problem. Maybe a few more. Maybe they sort of hinge around one thing: It didn’t grab me […]

May 27th, 2015

Paths to Publication: The Small Publisher

Kate Moretti

Photo by Danilo Rizzuti. Published on 12 January 2010. Image from http://www.freedigitalphotos.netStock photo – Image ID: 10011430

Whenever I hear people discussing paths to publication, I have to admit, my ears perk up. Generally, there two buckets: Traditional versus Indie. Traditional typically means publishing through one of the Big 5 or their […]