One thing you need to keep in mind is agents have hundreds upon hundreds of submissions to go through, so their time is limited. Rejection is almost guaranteed in this industry when you’re looking for your first agent, but you should never let that weigh you down. Requirements can be strict, and it’s important to take them serious when your ready to submit. Although there are several reasons why you might have gotten rejected by an agent (some of them out of your control) I’ve listed 5 of them so that you can be more aware and better your chance of getting an agent.

There are many factors to consider when you start the journey of writing your first novel, like structure, character development and arc, plot, editing, etc. I understand firsthand the difficulties of writing your own book and the kind of work it takes to bring together an engaging and well-rounded product for readers everywhere. Because of the many elements that all need to come together succinctly to create your first book, it’s important to identify the things you don’t want to be doing as you begin. I’ve made a list of 8 mistakes you don’t want to make when you’re starting to write your first draft.

Recently, we discussed how to make your characters more three-dimensional in my latest article, 7 Secrets to Building Awesome Characters. But what happens when you create a character so awesome, they’ve been overdone?

Well, here’s one little secret I’m going to let you in on; they probably have. That’s not to say they aren’t good, but it more than likely means you’re not going to “WOW!” anyone.

Here are 4 examples of Popular Characters (with stereotypes) that could slay your novel or potentially earn you a book deal!

Writer’s block is known to be a career killer to many aspiring writers, and unfortunately, anything can cause it. If you’ve read 4 Signs You May Have Writer’s Block, then you should be able to determine whether it’s hit you yet.

Fortunately for you, I’ve been in a constant battle with it, and I’ve had time to come up with great ways to making sure it’s been kicked to the curb! Now, what I’m about to share with you may or may not work for you, but it doesn’t hurt to try it. And you’ll find that these steps are so stupidly easy you won’t have to go out and buy a book to help your creative juices.

Coming up with an idea for a story is the easy part. I’ve done it countless times while doing the dishes, vacuuming the floor, or even folding laundry. I don’t know how many times I’ve lost myself to my daydreams while planning a potential story–I’ve been writing since I was twelve and my process hadn’t changed in decades. But one thing that has changed is this:

Writing can be quite a chore!

So instead, I’ve put forth a system that has done the trick for me. This took years of practice to perfect (because I’m such a perfectionist), so I’m really excited to share it with you! But before we even get into how to properly deal with writer’s block, we first need to understand why it happens.

Some of the most exciting moments about writing any story is building the characters. They are the most important aspects – aside from your plot – that bring your story to life. Without them, you would have nothing but empty words between pages of a book; a lifeless story with no complexity or deeper meaning to keep your audience engaged.

But, what no one tells you about Character Development is that there is no quick cut way to giving life to your characters

Hey there, I’m Crystal Maddux! I help aspiring author’s design and create a stunningly unique fiction manuscript. Learn more…

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