We’ve all seen the general tips, advice and templates for writing a query letter or cover letter to an agent or publisher. But have you actually talked with one about what they specifically look for?
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Do you really really really really *deep breath* really really really really want to finish a book? A dissertation? A proposal? A blog post?
Then our simple advice to you (that will make it MUCH more likely that you finish your behemoth of a writing project) is…write with the end in mind.
Outside of my experience as a student at Wellesley College, where we loved discussing gender issues, I’ve found that talking about gender is hard. And discussing gender in literature is definitely not wildly popular. No one wants to call out T.S. Eliot for being sexist (even though he kind of was) or reprimand a bunch of dead old white men who contributed to the vast majority of our Western literary upbringing. But I think it’s important to talk about these issues. That’s how we help society move toward a future where it won’t be as hard–because we’ll have forced solutions as a result of discourse.
So today’s topic? The distinct imbalance between male and female protagonists in literature: specifically, the stark inequality when you take literature where the protagonist is involved in romantic or sexual plotlines out of the equation.
So how do you focus your mind, turn down the background noise of emails and social media, and actually create the mental space you need to get the words out? One technique I’ve been using successfully for over a decade that helped me finish six books, is the Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo.
I admit it: I really love listening to good podcasts. I was hooked on the medium long before I started doing my own podcast; I’ve really grown to appreciate over the years, listening to both fiction and nonfiction podcasts, how much work goes into a really good podcast.
That’s why I’ve pulled together a list of 8 podcasts I can recommend that I think are worth your time and attention as a writer. I haven’t listened to each episode of each podcast (that would be like eating every chocolate-covered cherry in every box, in every case and pallet in a candy factory truck), but I know what I like and at least 1 of these 8 podcasts is the right one for you wherever you are in your writing career.