Eric James Stone joins Brandon, Mary, and Howard to answer questions from our listeners. Here are the questions:
- Should you submit your prologue along with the first chapters?
- What do you do when you’ve got some professional sales under your belt, but can’t seem to get more?
- How do you manage scene/sequel format in a multi-POV novel?
- Is passive voice really that bad? How do you tell if you’re using it too much?
- What is the threshold for deus ex machina?
- How do you maximize the emotional impact of a character death?
- If you’re a discovery writer, how do you go about becoming an outliner?
- When someone asks what you do for a living, how do you answer them?
- How do you get out of the beat-by-beat, this-then-that blocking of action?
Here is the Grammar Girl episode we mentioned.
Write your character doing two things at once, both of which are plot-specific.
The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence, by Gavin de Becker, narrated by the author.