Are your characters compelling?

Sometimes, when I read a story, whether it be published or not, I’m struck at times by strange incidents where the character does something, says something, that is off. It takes a moment, but I realize that this character stopped being real.

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How to Pitch an Agent

Perhaps you’re signed up for a writers’ conference and have meticulously researched and specifically targeted agents to pitch at the advertised “Pitch Fest” or “Agent Speed Dating” session. Or maybe you’ve been to an agent pitch session once before and came away without one request for your project. Here are …

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Creating Believable Characters – Andrew Perez

Frankenstein and God

Sometimes, when I read a story, whether it be published or not, I’m struck at times by strange incidents where the character does something, says something, that is off. It takes a moment, but I realize that this character stopped being real.

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Algonkian’s Write and Pitch Conference

Last Sunday, Amberly and I drove the scenic route through Richmond to Corte Madera, CA for Algonkian’s inaugural Write and Pitch Conference. This instruction-heavy conference focused on preparing fiction writers for pitching viable manuscripts to agents.

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The Feelings on the Page

Emotional Content is a term that I liked to use to describe the piece of a work that is either present or missing, which ultimately decides whether I continue reading, or put it aside. We have all read something that has come across as flat and unmoving, finding nothing to …

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San Francisco Writers Conference, Day 1

Today marked the official beginning of yet another sold out San Francisco Writers Conference at the lovely Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill. Michael, Elizabeth, Laurie, Linda (and the countless I cannot name), you have done wonders to make this a nonstop whirlwind of success for all parties involved. And it really was nonstop, exhausting even, from the time I arrived to the time I escaped, nearly 12 hours later.

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The Value of a Writer

The life of a writer is fraught with danger. No, not physical—unless you consider countless paper cuts sustained from printing out 300 pages of your manuscript to send to an agent, or perhaps tumbling backwards in your computer chair after a moment of deep contemplation—okay, make that stubborn writer’s block. …

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Advanced Fiction Class Begins

My advanced fiction class started this week and there are several promising new novels in the mix. It is always interesting for me to see, that no matter how many craft classes a writer has taken, there is often the commercial element missing in their presentation.

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WA WA Land

It seems Washington is a beautiful place, even in late January. Having lived in California most of my life, I naturally thought that the best way to prepare for my twelve days in the Pacific Northwest was to fill my suitcase with thermal shirts, scarves and of course, plenty of flannel.

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