News from DeadDarlings: Writing for All Kinds of Weather

Gray skies are going to clear up! This month has us looking to the sky for answers on writing and inspiration at the DeadDarlings offices. Here's what is on our radar for good writing.

Cold front
Kat Gibson discusses how to determine the genre of your novel in My Novel is a Snowflake.

February 21, 2018 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice

Writing Rules That Were Made to Be Broken: Down with the Exclamation Point!

There's a distinctly rebellious air about the Muse and the Marketplace Conference this year. Come April 6-8 at Boston's Park Plaza, #Muse18 presenters will be letting loose on the writing rules that have held our manuscripts hostage for far too long. To kick off the conversation ahead of the Muse weekend, this year's Muse series explores the writing, publishing, and workshop rules, conventions, and accepted norms that authors, agents, and editors at the Muse love to hate -- and why they'd love to see them broken. Some presenters will also offer their own rules or conventions that they ...

February 19, 2018 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

Craft Advice

Writing Rules That Were Made to Be Broken: Write What You Know

There's a distinctly rebellious air about the Muse and the Marketplace Conference this year. Come April 6-8 at Boston's Park Plaza, #Muse18 presenters will be letting loose on the writing rules that have held our manuscripts hostage for far too long. To kick off the conversation ahead of the Muse weekend, this year's Muse series explores the writing, publishing, and workshop rules, conventions, and accepted norms that authors, agents, and editors at the Muse love to hate -- and why they'd love to see them broken. Some presenters will also offer their own rules or conventions that they ...

February 16, 2018 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

Craft Advice

Finding the Right Title

In the first creative writing class I ever took, we workshopped a peer’s story called, Tidal.

 

I wrote a long review of the piece describing its ebb and flow and how its two references to the sea served as a low-key motif for the stormy relationship between the two main characters.

 

It wasn’t until I referred to its title – Tidal – aloud in class that I caught onto the joke. I felt duped and thrilled at the same time.

February 14, 2018 | Ben Berman

Craft Advice

Novel Writers, Here Are Your Top 5 Reasons to Be an Incubee

The Novel Incubator is a program for writers interested in a deep revision of their novel draft, a comprehensive study of the novel form, and a thoughtful introduction to the publishing world

February 13, 2018 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

The Workshop