Facets Of Fiction

Revision Letters Part 1: Ego

You have received a revision letter from an editor or agent, or any kind of detailed critique, and you’re falling apart at the seams.  How can you fix the situation so you can do what needs to be done? First, you need to: Take your ego out of the whole situation. You can do this by remembering two things: 1) Edits requested for a manuscript have no bearing on you as a person. Just because your manuscript wasn’t perfect when you sent it in doesn’t lessen your worth as a…

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Revision Letters Part 2: Symptoms

You have received a revision letter from an editor or agent, or any kind of detailed critique, and you’re falling apart at the seams.  How can you fix the situation so you can do what needs to be done? First, you need to: Take your ego out of the whole situation.  See Revision Letters Part 1: Ego After you’ve done this, the second part of dealing with revison letters and critique is to: View every critique as a list of symptoms not a list of factual problems or issues.  …

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Deciding Your Story’s Genre

Deciding your story’s genre is one of the first decisions you have to make when writing a novel or short story.  Experienced writers often know the genre before the story is begun, but it’s not unusual for the inexperienced writer to be faced with the decision after the first draft is completed. Why is a story’s genre so important?  Can’t I just write any story I want? For a short story, its genre decides which magazines/e-zines you can send your story to, or which anthologies you can submit to.  Therefore,…

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Genre & Sub-Genre

Fantasy Science Fiction Romance Horror Mystery Thriller Western Young Adult Children’s Literature The basis for the following lists are from http://www.FictionFactor.com/genre.html and  http://www.cuebon.com/ewriters/genres.html (see their website for definition of the sub-genres), with additions from various other sources. Fantasy Sub-Genres Alternate worlds Arthurian Bangsian Celtic Christian Comedic Contemporary Court Intrigue Dark Dying Earth Erotic Fairy Tale Fantasy of Manners or Mannerpunk Feghoot Heroic High or Epic Fantasy Historical Historical High Fantasy Juvenile Low Fantasy Media tie-in (Buffy novels, etc.) Medieval Mythic (mythopoeia, mythpunk) Prehistoric Quest Romantic Science Fantasy Series Superhero Sword…

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