by Katrin Schumann
I'm working on a major revision of a novel I wrote some years ago and put away in a drawer. I loved and still love the story, but I think it needs a more compelling central question. Right now, I'd call it a "family saga," and while there's nothing inherently wrong with that, I'd like to create a through-line in the story that makes it more compelling. I want readers to be thinking, Oh my god, what happens next?
April 4, 2018 | Katrin Schumann
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 ...
March 28, 2018 | Crystal King
This month we looked at the many milestones for writers looking for publication from theDeadDarlings office. Here is some of our best advice and musings for key steps along the way.
Take a Delightful Detour
Jerry Whelan explains how his fascination with long-dead New England abolitionists and digging for his own ancestral roots combine in his fiction in DNA, Memory
Monitor Your Spedometer
Sharissa Jones talks about pacing your store by Choosing Between the Part and Present Tense.
Toot Your Own Horn
If you have trouble selling your novel, check out ...
March 21, 2018 | The Editors at Dead Darlings
February 21, 2018 | The Editors at Dead Darlings
We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.