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Dear Friday Five-O,
When getting feedback on writing, what sort of comments and from whom should you listen to? Often I'll get conflicting opinions from a variety of people I trust...how do I know what opinions to value over others?
-- Workshopped to Death
July 1, 2011 | Jane Roper
How do I contact an agent, and in what form should my submissions be?
-- Rebecca B.
Congratulations, Rebecca. You've written your novel. (You have written it, right? Because unless you're J.K. Rowling or Snookie, an agent isn't going to take you on without a finished work.) Or, maybe you've written a memoir. (Again, you need to have written the whole thing, unless your story is majorly newsworthy/juicy and/or you already have a platform or large readership)
May 27, 2011 | Jane Roper
When starting a novel, which should come first: ideas about the characters or about the plot? How do you know when your idea is good enough or fleshed out enough to be a bona fide book?
-- Seraphina Ross
I’m sorry to say—because personally, I hate getting this sort of answer—that it’s different for every writer
April 22, 2011 | Jane Roper
Dear Friday Five-O
In memoir/personal essay/narrative nonfiction, how much can I "make up" if I don't remember exact details, conversations, etc?
Amnesiac in Arlington
Funny, it was just about exactly two years ago when I was discussing this same question with a writer friend of mine.
March 18, 2011 | Jane Roper
Dear Friday Five-O:
I have a timeless writing question: how do I make a writing schedule and stick to it? I work 9-5 and take a class two nights a week.
Dear Busy Billie,
You think you have a hard time sticking to a writing schedule? I’ve got twin preschoolers, a full-time freelance job, a needy husband, a blog and a bad Facebook habit. I suck at sticking to a writing schedule.