Polishing Those Pages

For today’s Random Wednesdays’ post, I wanted to share a great article on all the little things to watch out for while writing. As I’m in the trenches with my YA historical fantasy, it seemed as good a time as any to share the wealth ^_^.

Querying is scary business. You’ve worked and slaved and bled over your manuscript, sometimes for so many months or years that you pretend you’re not counting. Now, you’re ready to send it out. Your query is bright and shiny as a new penny, but how about those first pages?

Here are some tips to help you make you sure your sample pages are top notch:

1. Quickly & Viciously annihilate your adverbs

Alright, I should probably tell you that I’m not one of those authors who absolutely hates all adverbs. In fact, I think some are quite lovely in certain places. However, too many of them can be a sign that your word choice isn’t as strong as it could be. Instead of saying your character “ran quickly,” try substituting it with something like sprinted, dashed, careened. The stronger your verbs the better.

2. Stilted Dialogue

The biggest piece of advice I can…

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