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Flannery’s Favorites–Day 3

Thursday, May 12, 2011

So have you discovered anything from Kaye’s blog you hadn’t seen before? Kaye did an impressive amount of research for her writing series—though I understand that much of it came from seminars she took and books she read while in graduate school.

Hi, it’s Flannery McNeill back with you again today to review a couple more of Kaye’s writing teaching series. But before we get to that, I have a confession to make. Back on Saturday, I posted a little rant about Jamie O’Connor. I wondered about Kaye’s sanity in thinking that she was ever going to get me to see Jamie O’Connor as anything but an arrogant, condescending irritant. But . . . she made us sit down and talk—and forced us to lower some of our defenses—and I have to admit I’m finding my initial impression of Jamie changing. Sure, he still gets on my nerves from time to time, but I’m starting to see some potential. I’m still waiting to see exactly how Kaye plans to pull this off, especially since I now have to worry about Big Daddy and his crush on Jamie’s grandmother, Maureen. But I have confidence she’ll figure out happy endings for all of us.

So, back to Kaye’s writing series . . . first, I’d like to highlight a few posts Kaye did about query letters and proposals—first on the right way to do it:
Beyond the First Draft—The Query Letter
Beyond the First Draft–Preparing the Perfect Proposal

and now, here’s how not to do it:
What NOT to Write: The Query Letter
What Not to Write–The Submission

A couple of things that I (and other editors I know) look for when going through the slush pile are setting and dialogue:

Stir Up Your Setting
Stir Up Your Setting – Part 1: World Building
SUYS – World Building…A Step Further
Stir Up Your Setting – Part 2: Using All Five Senses
Stir Up Your Setting–REAL Fictional Settings
Favorite Settings on Film
Stir Up Your Setting–Making Setting a Character
Stir Up Your Setting–Finding a Happy Medium

“Say What?” (Dialogue)
Say What?
“Say What?” How Do You Say Hello?
“Say What?”–Uh, Um, Well, So, Wow, Great, Yeah, Really?
“Say What?”–Transcribed Dialogue Assignment
“Say What?”–Where Do I Put the Quotation Marks?
“Say What?”–A Delicate Balancing Act
“Say What?”–What Direction Is Your Dialogue Going?
“Say What?”–Dialogue Writing Assignment
Fun Friday–Favorite Movies/TV for Dialogue
“Say What?”–Is It Dialogue-Worthy?
“Say what?” she intoned incredulously.
“Say What?”–Subtexting
“Say What?”–Character Quirks & Non-Verbal Dialogue

  1. Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:04 am

    I told you to trust Kaye—but you can’t give her all the credit. After all, I am irresistibly handsome and charming.


    • Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:05 am

      And occasionally irritating and juvenile—or did you not see Lori Benton’s comment yesterday? And I quote:

      “He reminds me of the little boys on the playground picking on the girls they secretly have a crush on.”

      Even objective outsiders can see it!


      • Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:06 am

        And if you hadn’t edited the quote to suit your argument, you would also have seen that she calls me handsome and charming. Thanks, Lori!


        • Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:06 am


          (BTW—Thanks for bringing the leftovers to me from your grandmother last night. I was starting to run out of food and might have had to actually resort to Chinese or Pizza delivery.)


        • Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:07 am

          My pleasure. See you tomorrow.


  2. Thursday, May 12, 2011 6:44 am

    You two are so adorable. 🙂


  3. Kav permalink
    Thursday, May 12, 2011 8:22 am

    LOL — This blogging week puts Kaye into a whole new realm of author creativity. I’m almost fearing for her sanity. I mean how many authors would let book characters take over their blog? Not that you aren’t doing a fine job, mind you, but I’m wondering if Kaye will ever be able to get you two back where you belong — within the pages of a book!


  4. Thursday, May 12, 2011 2:37 pm

    LOL. Love you guys already. Can’t wait to read “the rest of the story.” 🙂


  5. Pam Kellogg permalink
    Thursday, May 12, 2011 7:38 pm

    I’m also enjoying the banter between Jamie and Flannery and look forward to reading the book about them.


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