Many people come to me with manuscript in hand and a
woefully crumpled forehead. Iíve written all these
words, they say. And I have no idea if itís any
good or not. I just donít know what to look for.
Two things are happening here:
Chances are you are so close to your writing you
are embedded in it.
To assess your work you need to extricate
yourself, abandon emotion and attempt to see it
2. You need to know what the editor wants. How does she
decide if it is any good? What criteria does she use to
assess your manuscript?
Conversely, what does she not want to see? What causes a
manuscript to be rejected? Apart, that is, from the obvious
reasons: shoddy craftsmanship, an unbelievable story,
characters that canít swim to the nearest lifeboatÖin other
words, poor imagining and writing.
In my workshop you will learn to
assess your manuscript by asking the questions that editors
- Does the beginning reach out and snare the reader?
- Does your main character have a strong desire and a
well-developed story arc?
- Does the structure provide maximum tension?
- Is the emotion moving and honest, or will your