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Upcoming Agent Spotlight Interviews and Guest Posts w/ Debut Authors & Query Critique Giveaways

Agent Peter Knapp and Author Daniel Aleman Guest Post and Query Critique and Indivisible Giveaway on 5/5/2021

Tina Dubois Query Critique and How to Save a Queendom Giveaway on 5/10/2021

Joyce Sweeney Agent Spotlight Interview and Query Critique Giveaway on 5/14/2021

Michelle Hauck Agent Spotlight Interview and Query Critique Giveaway on 5/19/2021

Agent Maura Kye-Cassella and Author Sam Subity Guest Post and Query Critique and The Last Shadow Warrior Giveaway on 5/24/2021

Agent Janna Bonisowksi and Author Casie Bazey Guest Post and Query Critique and Not Our Summer Giveaway on 6/2/2021

Katherine Wessbecher Agent Spotlight Interview and Query Critique Giveaway on 6/7/2021

Allison Hellegers Agent Spotlight Interview and Query Critique Giveaway on 7/26/2021

Agent Chloe Seager and Author Brianna Bourne Guest Post with query critique and You and Me at the End of the World Giveaway on 9/20/21

Agent Spotlight Updates

All agent spotlights and interviews have been updated as of 7/15/2020, and many have been reviewed by the agents. Look for them to be fully updated again in 2023.

Writing / Research Tip Tuesday

Take a page of your novel and remove all of the adjectives and/or adverbs. List them in a document. Then read the page without the words you removed and see the difference. Does it read faster? Smoother? Now replace every word you removed with something more unique, less cliche. Read it again. Chances are it reads a bit false and overdone now but you might have found a way to bring at least one sentence to life that was lacking. Assess what you've learned and rebuild the page with the words you've decided to keep.

This is an exercise I picked up from THE FIRST FIVE PAGES by Noah Lukeman. It can be done with nouns as well, but the result is a little more insane.

Have fun!

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip, I am going to do this tonite.

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  2. This was a fun exercise and one I intend to begin doing each time I complete a chapter. I selected a page at random and was pleased to see that I only had a total of five adjectives/adverbs on that page. Only one (an adverb) could have been eliminated without muddying the meaning of the noun or verb it modified. This has inspired me to find a better verb to use in that instance, but for now I'm stumped.

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  3. Great tip. I'll have to give it a try.

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  4. Interesting. That sounds like a good exercise.

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  5. This is an awesome exercise, Casey! I recommend this all the time!

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  6. Sounds intriguing.

    I see you're up to 300 followers. Way to go, Casey!

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  7. Glad you all liked the tip/exercise, everyone! I'd love to hear what you learn from it.

    The First Five Pages is an excellent book!

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  8. I read The First Five Pages last month and highly recommend it. Now I just have to finish my draft so I can apply all the great revising tips!

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