Meetup 145: Character Motivation in Fiction

In his book, Writing Popular Fiction, bestselling author Dean Koontz lists seven possible character motivations in fiction: Love Curiosity Self-preservation Greed Self-discovery Duty Revenge Sometimes you will have characters that are driven by a combination of the above listed motivations, but for the vast majority of fiction that we will read and write, this should […]

5 Things An Editor Wants To See On Your Manuscript’s First Page

You must have heard of the Mickey Spillane quote that’s often-repeated in writer circles: The first page sells this book. The last page sells your next. Editors at publishing houses and literary agencies have very little time on their hands – typically twenty or thirty seconds per manuscript during the evaluation phase. They will read […]